By: Tammy L Mahan
The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) is the largest crocodile in Africa growing up to 20 feet in length and weighting in at over 1,600 pounds. The Nile crocodile lives in marshes, swamps and the rivers of Africa the natives fear what they call the...
By: Jane Allyson
The fossil remains of the earliest known ancestors that show a striking resemblance to the modern day jelly fish, have been found in the rocks of a Utah mountainside that once lay at the bottom of what was once a prehistoric tropical sea.Dating back...
By: Jane Allyson
The Octopus posesses a highly developed nervous system and they are the most intelligent of all the vertibrates.Although they are deaf, they have excellent eyesight (with the resolution being nearly the same as that of a human eye) and this enables them to comprehend...
By: David R. Chase
Crustaceans and mollusks are both soft-bodied animals who usually live in shells. Their shells protect them from all kinds of hazards in the wild, like predators and temperature changes. Shells are also sometimes used for storing food and as a means to get around in...
By: Erae Nelsen
What comes first, the medusa or the planula? You'd have to go back about 600 million years ago (give or take 50 million) to find out. As it stands now the jellyfish have a cycle like all living creatures and their drive to reproduce sustains...
By: Erae Nelsen
Ocean reefs are breathtakingly beautiful places to dive but within the beauty lie many dangers for even the most careful divers. The reefs are a wild habitat. They are not a zoo or an aquarium. They offer an abundance of things to learn, but we...
By: Marijane Suttor
With an acrobatic dive to the bottom of the murky river, the river otter seizes a crayfish in its mouth. It rises to the surface and then lies on its back holding the prey in its small forearms as it enjoys its catch.The river...
By: Erae Nelsen
Coral reproduction is surprising to many who think of coral as a form of stone, or as a plant. Coral however, is a living animal. Coral in many forms make up the bulk of the ocean reef landscape. To do so, this organism has to...
By: Jane Allyson
The North American Otter, "Lutra Canadensis", is the fastest mammal in the freshwater lakes and rivers of their habitat. Cruising along at six miles an hour it can stay under water for over 4 minutes and can swim a quarter of a mile submerged before...
By: Darian Peters
The octopus, of which there are around 300 species, is one of the most distinctive creatures on the planet, with its bulbous head, big eyes, beaked mouth, and eight suckered arms (which most people refer to as tentacles). It is a cephalopod mollusc that inhabits...

 

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