Whale Sharks the largest fish in the world and are found throughout the warmer areas of the oceans. Whale sharks can reach to 18 – 40 feet long and weighing from 12 - 20.6 tons (Bradford A. 2016). As filter feeders, whale sharks eat mostly plankton and other small organism such as zooplankton, copepods, shrimp, phytoplankton, mollusks, and sardines. Whale sharks capture their food by swimming towards it with their mouth open which can get up to 4.9 feet wide and engulfing their prey that enters their mouth (Rafferty J.
The Giant Pacific Octopus is a unique creature with complex habitats, physical characteristics, survival methods, and interactions with other organisms. The Giant Pacific Octopus flourishes in the Pacific Ocean. To be specific, it is most commonly found on the West coast of North America and the East Coast of Asia (Roumanis, 2015).The Benthic part of the ocean about 330 ft. deep is said to be where most live. Like many land animals, this Octopus finds or builds a den. Once a den is found, it will stay its home until it feels threatened or needs food (Kalupa, 2012).
Humans are expanding out into the ocean which is causing manatees to lose their habitat. Manatees live in shallow warm waters and as humans expand manatees do not have many places that they can relocate to. Manatees are like the Native Americans in the sense that they had their land taken from them. Some manatees have been relocated to zoos or other natural protected lands so they can live in the wild and not have to worry about having a food shortage or being struck by boats. In conclusion, manatees are becoming extinct because people are populating the water that manatees live in which is causing them to die.
The Salt Creek pupfish lives in an ultra-salty stream. Its ancestors used to live in freshwater. This adaptation is the equal of humans drinking gasoline instead of tap water. They are easy to spot during the breeding season even though they are no bigger than a pinky. For most of March and April, the stream by the boardwalk is full of fish.
These vibrissae are as sensitive as human fingers and allow the manatee to feel its surroundings in a better manner. When feeding the manatee uses its split upper lip to help gather and manipulate food allowing them to easily grasp their food. The manatee only has hind molars that move to the front row slowly as teeth fall out, these molars are efficient for grinding down plants and other forms of vegetation that the manatee feeds on. While the manatee mainly lives in warmer waters they have a thick layer of fat covering their bodies in order to insulate themselves from the cold. Depending on where the manatee lives they will have different thickness of their fat layer, for example manatees occupying warmer waters will have a thinner layer while manatees in colder areas will have a thicker layer of fat.
The Northwest Coast’s main food source was salmon, thanks to the Pacific Ocean they had plentiful amounts of it. Fishing was usually done in the summer, and stored for the winter, but they were able to fish all year long. Although they did eat and catch other aquatic animals, including whales, salmon was the easiest to catch and the most convenient to store for long periods of time. The Pacific Ocean supplied the tribes with fish, crab, seaweed, whales, mussels, some sea mammals, and fish oil. The people had many methods of catching the fish, the most drastic one was by using harpoons.
These birds were listed as endangered on March 11, 1967 and also rely on the basin for crayfish to eat. In addition to birds, plenty of fish can be found in the basin and fishermen frequent the basin in search of Tilapia (3). Tilapia can be found by the hundreds in the basin along with corvina and an occasional striped bass, mullet, croaker, or sargo (3). The endangered pupfish, though rare, also rely on the basin for survival (10). Pupfish are also the only native species in the Salton Sea, thriving in shallow bodies of water with a high salt and heat
“Crack, crack.” A little fin pops out of its egg on a warm summer day in Florida. Coming out of the egg a small, green, female sea turtle rushes to make it to the ocean without being attacked by predators. Obstacles lie on the beach for the sea turtle to avoid; broken glass, fishing lines, nets, garbage from the last visitor of the day before. The sea turtle gets entrapped in the fishing line, unable to make it to the ocean, and ultimately devoured by the seagulls. Recently, this has been the pattern for sea turtles; however, there was a time when this wasn’t the case: “[Sea turtles] have existed for over 100 million years” (Sea Turtle Conservancy, “Why Care?”) without the trouble of pollution on beaches and oceans.
Sea turtles often eat plastic bags instead of jellies. This cost for turtle a life, as plastic causes a blockage within digestive system. But this is only the beginning. Spots made of plastic cover for Sunlight cannot penetrate through plastic garbage into the water, algae and plankton, which is the bottom of the food chain, may simply die out. The situation can quickly turn into a global crisis.
It usually thrives in reefs but it is also easily found in hard bottom areas, mangroves, seagrass flats, and shipwrecks. This beautiful looking fish packs a punch: The fish has venomous spines that deliver an extreme pain that can last for days. In extreme cases, the venom can even cause paralysis. The LIonfish is an apex predator on the reefs using its fins to coral small fish and anything it can fit into it’s mouth into a corner before it strikes quickly swallowing it whole. The lionfish feeds on an array of over 50 species including ecologically and economically important species.
The third layer of the ocean that the beluga falls through is called the Bathypelagic Zone also known as the "Midnight Zone". There is very few animals that would be able to eat what is left of the beluga whale but the nutrients still gets to them and it makes the water rich. Many creatures down here must survive of carcasses nutrients that falls from he surface and that is why it 's not a bad thing when beluga whales die from natural things. The fourth layer of ocean that the nutrients pas through is the Abyssopelagic Zone or other wise know as the "Abyssal Plain". Many physical parts of the beluga are gone but yet the nutrients are still falling down and its giving animals down there a rich environment to
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. The mako shark 's skin is smooth which helps the shark to swim as fast as possible. Mako sharks are very diverse in where they live. For example,