Tag Archives: Ocean Life

Featured Creature: Weddell Seal

Animals have evolved to wonderfully conform to the environments in which they live, and animals that live in particularly extreme environments have some particularly amazing adaptations. One such animal is the Weddell Seal (Leptonychotes weddellii). With a large and stable … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Salps

Have you ever heard of a salp? Probably not, but they are organisms that we should all probably be a lot more aware of! Salps are planktonic tunicates. What does that mean? Tunicates are members of the phylum Chordata (the … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Megamouth Shark

In 1976, a large shark got entangled in the sea anchor of the US Navy ship AFB-14 off the coast of Hawaii. When it was finally brought to the surface and examined, the 4.6 meter long shark was found to … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Hagfish

Hagfish, which is a group of organisms that make up the class Myxini which has about 70 extant species, are vertebrates that have a skull, but no jaws. They are strange and illuminating and wonderful organisms. They are strange for … Continue reading

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Featured Creature: Butterflies of the Sea

There are butterflies floating in the oceans all around the world. Usually only about a centimeter long, these beautiful, tiny creatures are actually snails that live their whole lives as plankton in the currents near the ocean’s surface. Sea Butterflies … Continue reading

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