By: Brandi Carpo
Amphibians possess many characteristics that make them unique in the animal world. There are over 6,000 living species of amphibians throughout the world. They are estimated to have been around for 350 million years, with the earliest known frog appearing about 190 million years...
By: Shawna Blake
The Great Barrier reef is the largest Coral Reef in the world. It is located off of the Australian coast and is a whopping 1,257 miles long! Along these long miles of glittering oceanic waves, there are various types of reef. Reefs are formed...
By: R.A. Scott
Scientific types have decided it was finally time to take to the depths of the ocean on a quest to see just what might be down there. They couldn't have imagined what they were to find. These guys went to a place called the Celebes...
By: David R. Chase
Coral is one of the ocean's most beautiful and mysterious inhabitants. Coral reefs are entirely self-supporting ecosystems and are the largest living structures on our entire planet. All kinds of exciting species of fish find shelter in the reefs coral build; without it, many of...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Cindy Abbate
Even the largest whale moves through the sea with amazing grace. There are more than 80 living species of whales. There are two distinct groups of these aquatic mammals. Mysticetes, including most of the large whales that feed through comb like plates extending downwards from...
By: Brandi Carpo
Bell-shaped body and long tentacles, rhythmically opening and closing its body as it appears to drift through the ocean's waters. This image is just one of the cycles a jellyfish passes through in its short yet invaluable lifespan. Jellyfish are either male or female and...
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: Kallie Szczepanski
Hares, rabbits, and pikas are all relatively small, cute, vegetarian animals. They have the unfortunate ecological role of being prey for many larger animals, such as hawks, eagles, coyotes, wolves, foxes, lynxes, etc. Together, the three make up the 80 species of the order Lagomorpha...
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...

 

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