By: Beth Burns
What animal could be more beloved than the River Otter? I have had many occassion to enjoy watching River Otters in the wild as well as watching otters as rehabilitation animals at the Northwoods Wildlife Center. The home I grew up in had a steep...
By: Lynn Schwalbe-Larson
A Look at the Most Dangerous Ocean Reef PredatorsOcean/Coral reefs are one of the most intricate and diverse of the world's ecosystems. In regard to the variety of life, coral reefs have been called the rainforests of the ocean. Consisting of the limestone remains of...
By: Tammy L Mahan
Humans are the most dangerous ocean reef predators. Humans have been polluting and over fishing in the oceans for years. Boaters have killed and destroyed parts of the reefs and the animals that call the reefs home. Scuba divers "collect" parts of the reefs for...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
Simple, ethereal living bubbles, jellyfish have been drifting through the oceans of this planet for more than 600 million years. Their bodies may be simple, but their lifecycles are quite complicated. Jellyfish reproduce sexually. Each "medusa," the familiar lampshade-shaped creature with trailing tentacles, is...
By: Mag McDermott
The jellyfish is a carnivore. As it grows through several stages of life, a jellyfish will consume its way through thousands of microscopic copepods and plankton, graduating to small crustaceans, and on to larger creatures including finned fish or unlucky jellyfish of its own kind...
By: David R. Chase
Coral reefs are packed with thousands of underwater species. Scientists say that reefs might contain more different species of animals than rain forests; in fact, even the coral itself is a living organism! The species that live together on or in a reef make up...
By: Stacey Foxworthy
On land we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by various types of forests that exist across the globe from coniferous to tropical forests and so on. In the vastness of the world's oceans this is no different. Coral reefs exist as a type of...
By: Mag McDermott
Once, I have had the opportunity to see moon jellyfish migrating across the shallows of Puget Sound. By the thousands their glittering bells bobbed as they followed the sun and its warmth. Dipping, rising separately then suddenly synchronized they reminded me of butterflies in migration...
By: Cindy Abbate
The ocean reefs are teaming with life and without question are most threatened by humans. The creatures which inhabit these areas are amazing, beautiful and sometimes deadly. People should be aware of them and treat them with respect. A diving experience on a reef is...
By: Cindy Abbate
Corals are capable of both sexual and asexual reproduction and one polyp may use both methods within it's lifetime. They live in colonies which may consist of one or both sexes.When reproducing sexually coral (depending on the species) may use either internal or external...

 

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