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...
A look at the evolution of whales
By: Kallie Szczepanski
Modern whales are amazing animals, perfectly evolved for life in the sea. Whales have blow-holes rather than nostrils, flippers and flukes in place of legs, ears and voices that work underwater, and large brains. They live in complex social groups, and communicate with an array...
The importance of the Galapagos Islands in explaining Darwin's theory of evolution
By: Todd Christian
Two months before he turned 23, Charles Darwin left his parents' home in England to set out on a three-year sea voyage that not only changed his life, but also altered the course of science and spawned a debate that continues to this day.The...
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: Krystle Hernandez
The wolverine is often characterized as a ferocious carnivore. This large species of the Mustelidae (weasel) family definitely lives up to its name, more often than not devouring massive amounts of meat, but also consuming plant life on occasion. In fact, some scientists have even...
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: Heather Lyon
I remember reading about a wolverine when I was very young. In a book about a dog, by possibly Jim Kjelgaard, a young boy and his dog stranded alone in a cabin. When a wolverine comes down the chimney, yes I said down the chimney...
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...

 

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