SEA OTTERS The sea otter is a marine mammal that lives in the northern and eastern coasts of the North Pacific Ocean. They are the heaviest members of the weasel family but are some of the smallest marine mammals. The sea otter has no blubber and the main way to keep warm is its thick coat of fur which is not like most other marine mammals. Did you know the sea otter has 150,000 strands of hair per square centimetre, because of this the Sea otters have the thickest fur of any mammal.
The Reflection Paper on the “Sharkwater” The Sharkwater is a documentary created by Rob Stewart in 2006. The movie raises an important question about the survival of sharks, one of the most ancient creatures on the planet. It makes people look on these creatures from different point of view. I cannot say I treated sharks only like monstrous characters from films like Jaws or Sharknado before I saw this documentary.
The Great Hammerhead Shark There are many animals in the world that are endangered. One of them is the Great hammerhead shark . These sharks have flat, T-shaped heads that make them stand out from other sharks. They are long and flat in order to aid in the catching of prey. The eyes of these sharks are wide-set.
Once an alligator “closes it jaw on a limb the force is so great that getting the alligator to open its mouth again is virtually impossible “ (Strawn 43 ). The adult reptile “has small legs and webbed feet that are designed for “propulsion and maneuvering but not for attack” (Visiting the Heart of Alligator Country) However the “swipe of a gators tail can knock a person into the water when it is most agile, powerful and destructful” (Strawn 43).
Its body is slim and egg-shaped shaped in cross section. The corner of the mouth spread out past the eye, this is why it’s called the largemouth bass. (Bailey, et al., 2004; Boschung, et al., 2004) Young largemouth basses eats zooplankton and insects that is in the marine.
Baleen whales, some of which are the largest animals to have ever lived on earth, eat some of the smallest, most abundant life in the oceans: plankton. Some baleen whales also eat small schooling fishes, and a variety of crustaceans such as krill, copepods, and amphipods. Baleen whales use baleen to strain food from the water.
Bass are a predatory fish, this means that they have to eat other living animals to survive. To hunt, bass will hide in structure, such as a submerged log, or some grass and ambush their prey. When their prey swims by the fish will swim out quickly and eat the food. Bass will eat anything that swims, they will eat minnows, crawfish, frogs,worms and even mice and ducklings that fall into the water. Bass will also eat other fish and sometimes lizards that fall into the water.
Their teeth on the Chimaera are often seen protruding from the mouth which looks like a rodent’s incisors hints the name ratfish. Even though their teeth may look like a real threat they are as sharp as a shark’s teeth. Their skin tends to be smooth covered with placoid scales like a shark or a ray. They have long thick bodies with a rather thin tail. Like sharks the Chimaera has cartilage instead of bones.
A physical appearance that becomes a result of being held in captivity is all the orcas have a collapsed dorsal fin, this is a result of the orcas being so close to the surface of the water all the time this only happens in 1% of the wild orcas (The Fate of Captive Orcas). These orcas are used to having endless areas to roam and swim but when they are captive they are limited to small boxed areas. Another fallback to orcas being held in captivity is in the wild males on average live to 30 with a max of 60, while females on average live up to 46 with a max of 90 but with SeaWorld’s orcas 92% die by the age of 25 (The Fate of Captive Orcas). Although it may seem like they have it better in captivity it doesn’t better them in the long
For years there has been a debate on who is the top predator in the ocean. Of course the shark is an easy choice but recently in the last couple years the killer whale has emerged as a challenge towards the Great White. The Killer whale is a worthy opponent towards the great white do to its bigger size and better and smarter hunting techniques. As history has shown great whites as dominant and scary they have been to the ocean as the apex predator they have been known to be the killer whales prey. When killer whales have attacked sharks they have turned the sharks upside down.
Mako shark 's body is shaped to swim fast. They have a long slim body to allow the mako shark to swim up to 40 mile per hour(Sharks World, 2015). Their back ranges from a dark blue to a purple with a white belly. Male mature to be 2 meters maximum, females mature to be 2.6 to 4 meters long(Carson, 2015). Their average weight is 551.61 pounds to 1,102.31 pounds.
Andy Dehart, Discovery Channel Shark Advisor, spoke about the North Carolina shark over fishing problem. The shark populations on the East Coast were extremely over-fished which lead to the over population of sting rays, a main food-stock for sharks. The stingrays in turn decimated the shellfish populations on the East Coast, leading to calm and shellfish shortages. This shows that sharks are necessary for every eco-system and their destruction affects us in more ways then we can imagine. Sharks are very at-risk for over-fishing because they take a long time to reach the stage where they can reproduce and in general only have a few pups when they give birth.
Graph A represents recordings of a transient killer whale, whereas Graph B represents recordings of a resident killer whale. Both graphs show the changes in each whale type; one documents a drastic change over the course of four hours, while the other one—over the same amount of time—shows a more consistent pattern. A transient killer whale is represented in the first graph because, although a majority of the data shows the orca keeping to the higher points of the ocean, there are still points in which the orca dives to the bottom depth of the ocean, which would make sense due to the fact that this particular type of orca is known for preying on marine mammals. Based on the information in the chart, it could easily be assumed that they dwell closer to the top of the water, but when they are ready to feed, they dive to the
SeaWorld has been in the spotlight for several years now. Whether it is negative or positive publicity, someone is talking about SeaWorld; from the new animal births at their facility, killer whales attacking their trainer and the sudden unexplainable deaths of many of their animals. In 2013 the documentary “Blackfish” explained how SeaWorld’s animals and staff are really treated. Since the release of Blackfish, SeaWorld’s image and attendance has gone down the drain. SeaWorld San Diego’s attendance is down 12% and SeaWorld Orlando is down 8% (Weisberg, 2015).
Sea otters diet is mostly small marine life. Otters eat slow-moving fish, crabs, abalone, sea urchins, clams, mussels, and snails. They can also eat 25% to 30% of their weight. A large male may eat as much as 25 lb. of food