By: David R. Chase
Jellyfish play an important role in the undersea food chain. Although they are relatively small and simple creatures, they're responsible for helping maintain balance in the delicate ecosystem of the ocean. Jellyfish are a form of plankton, which means that their delicate bodies have a...
By: Rachel Mcclain
Not the sea otter, the "otter" one, the river otter! The river otter is a carnivorous member of the family Mustelidae. Actually, they'll eat just about anything if they need to, making them technically opportunistic, but since their diet is mainly meat, they are carnivores...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
River otters are renowned for playing: they roll and tumble through the water, build waterslides of mud or snow on riverbanks, and chase each other with evident glee. It takes a lot of energy to have so much fun, though, so when it's time to...
The diet and feeding habits of the river otter
By: Rex Trulove
How many of you have watched river otters in the wild? Remember that seeing them in a zoo, while interesting and entertaining, isn't even close to the same thing, and that the behavior is likely to be different.The river otter is one of my...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
Like all cephalopods, octopuses are predators from the moment of birth. As freshly-hatched larvae, they spend a period of time drifting among the plankton, where they stalk and eat mini-prey such as copepods and larval starfish or crabs. At this stage, the little octopuses are...
By: Shawna Blake
The ocean reefs are among the most populated area of aqua life. The water is usually shallow, and because of that it is warmer in these areas. Many different species reside in the reefs, or around them. Among these are Sea horses, starfish, sea urchins...
By: Marijane Suttor
Having listened to the song "Octopus's Garden" by the Beatles many times, it appears to be a silly notion, an almost childlike fairy tale song by the musical group. The song lyrics reference the obscurity of this creature and its ability to live nearly unnoticed...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
It may be hard to believe, but the gossamer creatures known as jellyfish are a vital part of the marine food chain, both as predators and prey.Jellyfish are carnivorous. Depending upon their size, they feed on zooplankton, ctenophores (comb jellies), other jellyfish, crustaceans, or...
By: Brandi Carpo
Coral, like almost every other living organism that calls the ocean "home," is a fascinating animal. The coral head, an image most are familiar with at the mention of coral, appears to be a single organism, while it is actually comprised of many individual...
By: Brandi Carpo
Monster of the deep, it is anti-social, lurking in rocky crevices, it lives and travels alone, its hideout marked by shells and fragments of its victims. The octopus with its eight arms, round body and very distinct eyes is one of the most intelligent and...

 

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