Sea animals are absolutely amazing. They can be somewhat mysterious and are seen less often because of their natural habitat. These creatures have many challenges living in and on the water and they have some built-in advantages thanks to evolution. Some of these facts will surely surprise you!
These little creatures are flipping gender roles on their head. They are the only species in which the male is solely responsible for birthing and caring for their young.
Have you seen the movie “Happy Feet”, well, they were right! Male penguins of certain species search for and use a pebble to present to their female counterpart during mating season.
13. Beluga Whales
Beluga whales have a special language they use to communicate with each other. It consists of chirp and squeak sounds. This is why belugas are nicknamed “the canaries of the sea”.
Manatees, sometimes called sea cows, are actually related to elephants, even though many believe they have more similarities to dolphins and whales.
Jellyfish are definitely survivors. They have been around for over 650 million years and have survived several extinction events.
Dolphins are the friendly and social beings of the sea. They live in pods and are often spotted swimming at the bows of boats. Did you know that dolphins protect themselves while sleeping by only sleeping one half of their brains at a time? They literally sleep with one eye open in case of an attack.
Although sea anemone’s produce a toxin that can kill other marine life, clownfish have developed an immunity to the toxin and use the anemone for protection from predators.
8. Sea Turtles
Sea turtles are clearly creatures of habit. Female sea turtles return to the same beach every year to lay their eggs.
7. Sea Otters
Sea otters are some of the cutest sea animals around. They like to play and swim, and they even hold hands while they sleep so they don’t drift apart. One interesting fact about these animals is that they have a built in pocket of skin under their arms to store food.
Orcas, or killer whales, are large, but they are also very fast. They can swim up to 30 knots which is about 34 – 37 miles per hour.
An octopus has three hearts. They also have blue blood!
4. Electric Eels
These slithery creatures can produce enough electricity to power 10 light bulbs.
Nicknamed the “unicorns of the sea”, narwhals are known for their long tusks. These tusks can grow to be a few feet long. Currently, there are no narwhals in captivity.
Some species of mama seals recognize their pups by scent alone.
The parrotfish has developed an amazing self-defense mechanism. When they sleep, they surround themselves with a bubble of mucous to prevent predators from picking up on their scent.
These stunning sea creatures have many impressive traits. Penguin proposals must be so adorable, and they are always “dressed” for the occasion and clownfish becoming “friends” with a dangerous anemone is very cool. The world’s oceans are filled with amazing and fascinating creatures.