Evolution has provided the world with animals we could never create with our imaginations. Some creatures obtained interesting beaks, some webbed limbs, but I don’t know of many with characteristics quite like those of the mantis shrimp. Furthermore, going back in history, it’s interesting to see where the peacock mantis shrimp developed its features from. Of course, discovering the various animals today that share these unique qualities is even more engaging. Such adaptations as those of the mantis shrimp cannot simply be left unseen, therefore, it’s best to explore what may be one of the world’s most extraordinary organisms.
The Zombie Worm is a small specimen that puzzles many oceanologists (Ennis). This is because the worms drill into whale bones for nutrients and a home; however, they do not have any physically aspects for drilling into the hard material (Ennis). They even “lack a mouth and gut,” but they do have “root-like structures” that allow the worms to attach themselves to the bones (Ennis). It lacks much difference from an earthworm. Meanwhile, the Yeti Crab is similar to the Zombie Worm with little characteristics contributing to their appearance.
In recent years, orcas, dolphins, and many other aquatic mammals, have been poorly kept captive in enclosures by Seaworld and many other marine parks; some people believe that these animals are professionally taken care of, but the reality is that marine mammals overtime will act aggressively towards humans and this can break family bonds or interaction with other marine mammals of their kind. When the first marine mammals were placed in captivity in nineteen sixty-four, people wondered to themselves if captivity of sea mammals was a good or bad idea since it seemed cruel to keep an intelligent animal in confinement; ever since people wondered about it, people, books, and documentaries like “Blackfish,” have “compellingly describes many of the reasons why keeping orcas in captivity is -- and always has been -- a bad idea” and this can be seen from the number of incidents and issues that have went public in recent years. The biggest issues with putting aquatic mammals in a small, water filled tanks include the following: these animals are rarely provided wide open
10 AMAZING CREATURES UNDER WATER, WHICH LEAVE YOU AWESTRUCK While nature has bestowed us with beautiful wildlife and a multitude of bizarre, beautiful yet terrestrial and aerial species, it has not boycotted the aquatic fauna too. From scary to intriguingly beautiful, here’s a list of ten amazing organisms inhabiting the dark depths of seas and oceans. 1. Sparkling enope squid (firefly squid) Found in the waters of the West Pacific Ocean, most famously aggregating in masses to spawn off the coast of Japan during spring, the firefly squid grows no longer than three inches in length and is attributed for one of the most beautiful visual displays ever seen.
The ocean is a giant body of water that is home to all types of fish. The ocean provides a rich environment for a plethora of animals from the tiniest of fish to the enormous whale. In the ocean, these creatures live and explore. Some of them must hunt other fish in order to survive, which means that others must try to avoid predators. Nature has provided all of these animals with a unique capability to survive. The ocean abounds with interesting animals of all shapes and sizes that have their unique appearances and habitats at different depths of the sea.
The habitat of the moonfish is about 200 meters below the surface in the more tropical oceans. Moonfish tend to be more solitary, but are known to school with tuna and have no identified migration pattern, though they are commonly found near Hawaii and West Africa.
In 2013, a documentary called Blackfish was released to the public. This film was produced, written, and directed by a lady named Gabriela Cowperthwaite, as a way to show the world how poorly whales are treated and why they do not belong in captivity. Blackfish also shows how little people really know about the beautiful and highly intelligent orca whale itself. Her film was seen by many, and touched the hearts of a lot people, taking the debate of the topic to a higher level. The movie hits on a lot of main issues about captivity, told by reliable people, along with proven statistics to go along with them. That makes this sources extremely dependable for my final paper due to all the good information it gives.
Imagine spending a life malnourished, sick and in captivity just so that people can see a performance with tricks and splashing. Captivity has harmed marine mammals for centuries and has become a reoccurring problem in places like SeaWorld. There is no understanding of why people enjoy seeing abused animals held in captivity. SeaWorld’s inhumane manner of care must cease and instead refocus the marine work and efforts on confined animal rehabilitation through exceptional nutrition and investigative research. Current Practices SeaWorld’s way of care for the marine animals shows barbarism, causing sickened and malnourished aquatic mammals with health defects and physical impediments.
It would be cool to see and watch how they swim. Some people said they move like a breakdancer. I never knew there was an animal like this in the ocean. As I read about the Spanish Dancer, I found out that there are a lot of interesting things about this neat animal. It helps the imperial shrimp with a home because they are friends.
Seaparks changed forever in 1964, when the the largest captive animal ever was first put on display for the public to see (Killer Controversy). Capable of growing up to twenty eight feet long, with a six foot tall dorsalfin, and weighing up to 9,570 pounds, it is no wonder why the world knows this mammal as the killer whale ("KILLER WHALES (Orcinus Orca)). Being put on display flipped the image of the killer or orca whale from vishous and mean, to playful and brilliant. Little did people know, orcas don 't belong in captivity and that putting them there would turn the beautiful creature back into the vicious beast it was known as before. Thus proving, the containment of whales, for any motive, needs to come to an end, for the reasons that it 's not needed, there are not treated well, live shorter lifespans, and are in bad living conditions that pose multiple threats to their lives.
Four million birds are estimated to use the Sea each day in the winter, more than any other resource in the nation” (DesertUSA, The Salton Sea, CA). Some rare birds that can be seen on special occasion are Bald Eagles, White Ibises, Pine Warblers, Red Crossbills, and over fifty other rarities. Some common birds are: killdeer, Caspian terns, American Avocets, Great Egrets, burrowing owls, Black-necked stilts, and Black skimmers (5). One species, the Yuma Clapper rail, relies heavily on the survival of the Salton Sea because around 40% of all Yuma Clapper rails in the United States live in the basin. These birds were listed as endangered on March 11, 1967 and also rely on the basin for crayfish to eat.
The Hawaiian Day Octopus is part of the mollusk family, and are closely related to squid, cuttlefish, and the Nautilus. They don’t have shells, but compensate with their extremely intelligent and ability to adjust color immediately to match their surroundings. When they are startled or leave a certain area, they release an ink cloud. The objective of this ink cloud is to distract possible predators, (*kind of like in Mario Kart when your screen gets inked). They can also squeeze themselves into tiny cracks. The average lifespan for a Hawaiian Day Octopus is about 1-3 years. They normally only mate once in their lives. They can be anywhere from ½ inch - 3 feet long. Their main source of food is crabs. * The reason you get inked by your competitors
Blackfish is a film that touches on the subject of whales in captivity. It turned into a very controversial matter, starting protests against SeaWorld on the streets, and questioning its care for the animals they keep. It even reached a point where SeaWorld had to make a document claiming the film being inaccurate, and false in its testimonies. The most relevant issues discussed in Blackfish and SeaWorld’s response are the health of the orcas in captivity, the possible causes of their aggressive behavior, and their involvement in the trainers’ injuries and death.
For this assignment, I chose to research the migratory patterns of one of the largest reptiles on Earth, the Leatherback sea turtle Dermochelys coriacea. The average adult leatherback turtle can weigh up to a thousand pounds and measure from 4-8 feet in length! This great size allows them to tolerate cooler water temperatures than any other sea turtle. D. coriacea have the broadest distribution of all sea turtle species and they can be found throughout the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. This large range is due to the migratory habits of the leatherback turtles, which are pelagic wanderers that swim great distances to tropical and subtropical coastal regions of the world to feed, mate, and nest.
They create a well balanced ecosystem by being the prey of amphibians and small water insects and eating algae found in ponds and lakes. When there is not Daphnia present in lakes and ponds, an increase of algae and decrease of fish can be seen. Because of their sensitivity to the surroundings and its transparent carcass, when Daphnia are in hypoxic conditions, more hemoglobin is produced and they appear red. Hypoxic is when the body or part of the body is lacking adequate oxygen supply. This red color can be seen about