Flapping its wings, this tiny translucent creature makes its way through the water like some mystical being from the spirit realm. No wonder they are called Sea Angels. Well just overlook those two, glaring horns on its head. Read more
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But these shell-less mollusks, part of the sea slug family, bear some of the most fascinating shapes, sumptuous hues, and intricate patterns of any animal on Earth. Read more
The derivation is more likely to come from the fuller version of the phrase, now rarely heard – ‘as happy as a clam at high water’. Hide tide is when clams are free from the attentions of predators; surely the happiest of times in the bivalve mollusc world.
The phrase originated in the north-eastern states of the USA in the early 19th century. The earliest citation that I can find is from a frontier memoir The Harpe’s Head – A Legend of Kentucky, 1833: Read more
Whale Shark on your Bucket list?
The whale shark is the biggest shark and the biggest fish. They are not Whales, they are sharks and the largest fish on the planet, reaching lengths of 40 feet (12 meters) or more. It is named “whale” because of its size and not because it is related to them. Swimming with whale sharks is a life-changing experience, but it must be done responsibly.
This shark’s name comes from the unusual shape of its head, an amazing piece of anatomy built to maximize the fish’s ability to find its favorite meal: stingrays. A hammerhead shark uses its wide head to trap stingrays by pinning them to the seafloor. The shark’s eye placement, on each end of its very wide head, allows it to scan more area more quickly than other sharks can. The hammerhead shark also has special sensors across its head that helps it scan for food in the ocean. Living creatures’ bodies give off electrical signals, which are picked up by sensors on the prowling hammerhead. Besides their distinctively shaped head, Hammerhead sharks also have the ability to turn very quickly when they are hunting and so capture their prey more easily.
Commonly known as the ribbon eel, or blue ribbon eel, these colorful animals are actually a species of moray eel..
Found in the tropical Indo-Pacific, this eel is generally pretty secretive, choosing to hide in a cave or burrow under the sand with just its head protruding. With its dramatic coloration, the ribbon eel is pretty cool just hanging out in its hole, but when it decides to free swim–well, that’s when it becomes truly spectacular.
Coral reefs teem with life, covering less than one percent of the ocean floor, but supporting about 25 percent of all marine creatures. However, threats to their existence abound, and scientists estimate that human factors—such as pollution, global warming, and sedimentation—could kill 30 percent of the existing reefs in the next 30 years. Read more
Fans of the 2004 animated hit “Shark Tale” may be familiar with the core concept of recent findings from researchers in Australia. For the first time, distinct individual personality traits have been observed in sharks, adding to a list of hundreds of animals who appear to have unique responses to various scenarios. Read more
Source Jonathan Balcombe May 14,2016 NY TIMES
IN March, two marine biologists published a study of giant manta rays responding to their reflections in a large mirror installed in their aquarium in the Bahamas. The two captive rays circled in front of the mirror, blew bubbles and performed unusual body movements as if checking their reflection. They made no obvious attempt to interact socially with their reflections, suggesting that they did not mistake what they saw as other rays.