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Snapping Turtle

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Mugger Crocodile

Mugger Crocodile
"Crocodylus palustris” The broad snout of the Mugger Crocodile also called Marsh Crocodile, makes it look more like an alligator than a crocodile, but the large and visible fourth tooth indicates that it is a true crocodile. The head is flat with the eyes, ears and nostrilsRead more

Sargasso Sea

Sargasso Sea
The Sargasso Sea is a strange and a unique creation of nature. The sea area which is some 2,000 miles long, 700 miles wide, located in the North Atlantic Ocean and has no shores. It is bounded by ocean currents on all sides. To its west is theRead more

Ghost Crab

Ghost Crab
"Ocypode ceratophthalmus” Ghost Crabs are also known as the Sand Crab, White Crab and Mole Crab. They are tiny animals that are mainly terrestrial and live in elaborate burrows. Ghost Crabs live their entire adult life on beaches in tropical & sub-tropical regions around the world. They preferRead more

Shipworm

Shipworm
"Teredo navalis” There's something interesting about Shipworms. They are not a worm but a saltwater clam. Shipworms get their name from their long, narrow, cylindrical bodies but the worm resemblance ends there. A closer look at the creature reveals a shell at its front. This shell hasRead more

Giant Tube Worm

Giant Tube Worm
"Riftia pachyptila” The Giant Tube Worm was totally unknown to science until researchers exploring the deep Pacific Ocean floor discovered strange hydrothermal vents. Powered by volcanic heat, these vents recirculate water that seeps down through cracks or faults in the rock. When the water emerges from theRead more

Abalone

Abalone
"Haliotis asinina” In the animal kingdom, Abalone belong to the phylum Mollusca, a group which includes clams, scallops, sea slugs, sea snails, octopuses and squid. Abalone are members of the family Haliotidae and the genus haliotis, which means “sea ear” referring to the flattened shape of the shell.Read more

Sea Pen

Sea Pen
"Ptilosarcus gurneyi” A graceful creature of the seafloor, the Sea Pen resembles a plump, old-fashioned quill pen. Each Sea Pen is a colony of polyps (small anemone-like individuals) working together for the survival of the whole. The primary polyp loses its tentacles and becomes the stalk of theRead more

Coral Reefs

Coral Reefs
Coral Reefs are one of the world's most colorful & diverse ecosystems and though they cover only about 1% of the ocean floor an area about the size of France, they have a huge effect on the health of the rest of the world. Coral Reefs areRead more

Sea Squirt

Sea Squirt
"Molgula manhattensis” The Sea Squirt is an immobile filter feeder that live on the ocean floor. Despite their plant-like appearance, Sea Squirts are actually more closely related to vertebrates than they are to invertebrates such as sponges & coral. There are more than 3,000 known Sea Squirt species foundRead more
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