By: L.S. Watts
Humans have hunted the sperm whale for centuries. Shortly after World War II, whalers hunted the sperm whale to such an extent that it drastically reduced their number in which the species still haven’t recovered from. The sperm whale was hunted primarily for its...
Social behaviors of the marine otter
By: Kimberly Napier
There is much to learn about the marine otter’s behavior. Tagged animals have been tracked over time, so some of how and why they behave the way they do is beginning to be understood. It is important to understand that each marine otter has...
Diet and feeding habits of the marine otter
By: Blaise Pascal
The marine otter is a member of the weasel family that inhabits areas along the western coasts and shorelines of South America. This type of otter should not be confused with the better known sea otter which only lives in North America. While less is...
What minnows actually are
By: Nick Pardy
Many of us grew up catching little fish called "minnows". But what are minnows? Baby trout or maybe some other young freshwater fish? Or maybe even salmon spawn? Not quite. Minnows are actually a small freshwater fish that belongs to the carp family. They belong...
Crabs commonly found on British shorelines
By: Megan Hussey
Crabs are very familiar denizens of any coastal area. Some form the basis for very important food fisheries, while others are notorious for invading the homes of less robust species, while others still are quiet occupants of the shore, neither commercially viable or invasive. The...
By: Rod White
Dusky flathead (Platycephalus fuscus) inhabit estuarine and inshore coastal waters from Cairns in far north Queensland to the south west Victorian coast. Growing to 1.5 metres in length and over 10 kilograms in weight they are the largest and most commonly targeted flathead...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Brittle stars, feather stars, cushion stars, sunstars, the common starfish and sand stars are all types of sea stars, or starfish, found on the British shorelines. These are all part of the echinodermata family. Sea stars like shallow and rocky waters. They catch food with...
Fish profiles: Dusky flathead
By: Noemi Csifo - 655848
Dusky Flathead is a large predatory fish that only lives in estuaries. An estuary is a partly enclosed body of water that is fed by at least one river or stream. It also has a free connection to the open sea, like a bay. The...
By: Trenna Sue Hiler
The life cycle of a whale shark is a very long one compared to many of the animals on the planet. They have been estimated to live at least 100 years. There is much about the whale shark that is still a mystery. No man...
By: Julie Thomas-Zucker
Red-bellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) has a characteristic red-belly. The other colors on its body vary though it is generally grey in appearance. This fish has a reputation for aggression with its sharp teeth. It is around thirteen inches in length. It weighs nearly eight pounds...

 

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