By: Peggy Deseure
Jellyfish are the vacuum cleaners of the ocean and therefore extremely important in the ocean's food chain! To understand the importance of the jellyfish, one has to first begin with the small and seemingly insignificant creature in the ocean called the copepod. Do not be...
By: Peter Ling
These amazing animals are very strange and like no other in the world. They are made up of mostly water and take on a jellylike consistency which is where they get the name jellyfish despite not being a fish at all and in fact being...
By: Tammy L Mahan
There are thousands of species of marine animals that inhabit a coral reef. The actual reef is made up of millions of colonies of animals called polyps. Scientists estimate that the reefs only grow an inch a year, which indicates some reefs such as the...
By: Marijane Suttor
The unsuspecting zebra strolls to the water's edge. Uneasy it senses the danger of the watering hole, and yet it continues to sip with eyes occasionally drifting up. It's tail gently swats away a few flies as the rest of the herd mingles nearby.But...
By: CD Gozzi
The ocean, which covers about 97% of the Earth, is teeming with life. Coral reefs house the greatest diversity of plants and animals in this watery ecosystem and provide essential life nutrients to the environment as well as safe harborage for the numerous creatures. The...
By: L Hurley
Ocean reefs are thriving ecological systems teeming with life. The predators resident in this environment have specific biological adaptations designed to immobilize their prey. While humans do not number among their natural prey these animals can pose a significant danger to the unwary diver. The...
By: Darian Peters
The Nile crocodile, Crocodylus niloticus, is the second largest of the four crocodile species found in Africa. It inhabits much of Africa south of the Sahara and is also found in Madagascar. Although no longer considered to be an endangered species the territories of the...
By: Kallie Szczepanski
"Dangerous ocean reef predators." This phrase conjures up torpedo-shaped gray bodies, sharp dorsal fins, and even sharper teeth. Yet sharks are not the most dangerous animals on the reef, for humans. Most reef sharks aren't very aggressive, although they can cause injuries if they...
By: R. Renee Bembry
Colors galore is what one finds while viewing beautiful coral reef scenes. This beauty, however, can be deceiving as far as what reef animals have outer beauty and which ones are really beautiful no matter how they look. The fact is beautiful ocean animal coloring...
By: R.A. Scott
Eurypterids. I'm guessing you're not familiar with that word, neither was I. Sea Scorpions are not something you're likely familiar with either. Eurypterids are classified as Arthropods, which are spiders and lobsters and other creatures. The thing is that sea scorpions no longer exist and...

 

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