Shark Cam ~ See What a Shark Sees

Marine Biologists from the University of Hawaii and the University of Tokyo attached cameras, accelerometers and transmitters to about 30 sharks in an effort to learn more about their behaviors. They presented their findings at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu in February. Previously sharks were tracked via instruments only to see where they traveled. Observations were made mainly […]

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Top 12 Fastest Ocean Animals ~ Fastest Sea Creatures

Fastest Ocean Animals It’s hard to believe that the fastest animal in the ocean has a maximum speed that is comparable to the fastest land animal, the cheetah. Water is 750 times more dense than air which makes its speed that much more impressive. Measuring speeds of ocean animals is difficult for obvious reasons. Their […]

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Swordfish Facts ~ Swordfish Information

How many types (species) of swordfish are there? There is only one species but they are grouped by location, though. There is the Pacific swordfish, the Mediterranean swordfish and the Atlantic swordfish. The Pacific swordfish is the largest of the three. What is the size of a swordfish? They grow fast and can reach 14 feet in length and […]

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Humboldt Squid Info ~ Humboldt Squid Q&A

Does the Humboldt squid go by any other names? It also goes by the names: jumbo squid,  jumbo flying squid and diablo rojos (red devils). Why are they called diablo rojos (red devils in Spanish) and jumbo flying squid? Mexican shrimp fisherman fish for these squid during the off-season. When they are hooked and reeled in they turn […]

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Squid Facts ~ Squid FAQ

Is a squid a fish? No. Squid are cephalopods along with octopuses, cuttlefish and nautiluses. Fish have backbones while cephalopds do not. Squids do possess a rudimentary cartilage that runs along the length of their mantle that resembles a backbone. How many species of squid are there? 300 How long do squid live? 6 months for […]

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Killer Whale Facts ~ Orca Facts

Is it Orca or killer whale? “Orca” short for its scientific name (Orcinus orca) . Killer whale is its common name. Either are acceptable. Why are they called killer whales? Their scientific name is Orcinus orca which is why they’re called Orcas too. The term killer whale has been used for 2000 years due to their intimidating presence as the […]

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Sea Turtle Facts ~ Sea Turtle FAQ

How many species of sea turtles are there? There are seven species of sea turtles: Leatherback Green Loggerhead Hawksbill Kemp’s Ridleyive Ridle Olive Ridley Flatback What is the largest and smallest species of sea turtle? The Leatherback is the largest sea turtle with an average length of 5 feet and a weight of 700 lbs. […]

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Cod Facts ~ Cod FAQ ~ All About the Codfish

How many species of cod are there? Atlantic, Pacific and Greenland cod Which species is the smallest, largest and how long do they live for? The Greenland is the smallest (35 lbs) and lives for 12 years. The Atlantic is the largest  (200 lbs)  and lives for 25 years. The Pacific lives for 20 years. Are Blue […]

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Seahorse Facts ~ Sea Horse FAQ

Is it seahorse or sea horse? Either is acceptable and we will use them interchangeably here. What is the plural of seahorse? Seahorses. What do sea horses eat? Their diet consists of fish larva and small shrimp. Why do seahorses resemble horses? The curved neck gives them a greater range of motion when catching prey […]

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Starfish Facts ~ Starfish FAQ

What is the widest starfish? The Giant Sea Star is the widest, reaching up to 3 feet in diameter. What is the heaviest starfish? Thromidia gigas (only name for it) can reach 13 lbs, so it’s the heaviest starfish in the world. What is the smallest starfish? Patiriella parvivipara are less than half an inch.

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