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THREAT LEVEL: near threatened animals

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The following animals are considered NEAR THREATENED by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN):

By NOAA A new NOAA outlook shows that many coral reefs across around the world will likely be exposed to
When the Indus River Dolphin surfaces to breathe it makes a sound similar to a sneeze. Indus River dolphins generally
The Caspian Seal belongs to the Phocina group of northern seals, which includes the Ringed Seals (Pusa), the Harbour and
An unusual characteristic that distinguishes dwarf sperm whales and pygmy sperm whales from other cetacean species is the use of
Clymene dolphins, sometimes known as the "short-snouted spinner dolphin," are relatively small delphinids. In 1981, Clymene dolphins were separated from
California sea lions are members of the "eared seal" family, Otariidae. They are the most recognized pinniped species, because they
  By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the geology, location, and dangers
Promoting responsible encounters with marine wildlife and their natural habitats. Wildlife viewing is a popular recreation activity, but it is
The bottlenose dolphin is one of the most well known species of marine mammals. They have a robust body and
Some of the animal life found in the Southern Ocean (aka Antarctic Ocean) includes: -TSF-
The scientific name Pseudorca crassidens for the False Killer Whale gives an indication of the formidable teeth this species has.
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Monodontidae GENUS: Monodon SPECIES: monoceros TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
PORTS® stands for Physical Oceanographic Real Time System. NOAA PORTS® is an information system that measures and disseminates the oceanographic
The scientific name Lagenorhynchus albirostris for the White-Beaked Dolphin is derived from the Latin word for “bottle” (lagenos), “beak” (rhynchos)
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: grayi TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
During his second voyage in 1494, Christopher Columbus’s crew killed eight Caribbean Monk Seals to harvest for their meat. Columbus
The viper fish uses bioluminescence to draw prey close enough to use its infamously large fangs to eat them. Notice how their teeth are so large they cannot fit inside their skull. (Photo credit: viper fish by AnimalJam.Wikia)
By Amber Friend March 24, 2015, 9:01 a.m. Underwater predators use many tricky methods to lure potential prey close enough
Minke whales are members of the baleen whale family and are the smallest of the "great whales" rorquals. The taxonomy
Known as the Antillean or “Gulf Stream beaked whale,” the Gervais Beaked Whale is named for French naturalist Paul Gervais,
One of the most easily distinguished dolphins in the world due to its lack of dorsal fin is the Northern
Harbor porpoises have a small, robust body with a short, blunt beak. Females are slightly larger than males. They have
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Neobalaenidae GENUS: Caperea SPECIES: marginata TOOTHED or  BALEEN: baleen FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH:
One of the largest dolphins in the world, reaching up to 25 feet (7.6 m) and weighing 5,000 pounds (2,300
By Jeremy Duncan Oceans cover approximately 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and 97 percent of all the water on
Guadalupe fur seals are members of the "eared seal" family, Otariidae. Guadalupe fur seals are sexually"dimorphic" with males reaching average
Aerial view of a blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), the largest animal in the world. Photo credit: NOAA.
By Angelica Hernandez  When we think of the largest animals in the ocean, a few pictures may come to mind.
By Blaise Jones Of all the animals on this planet, sharks arguably have the worst reputation. No other predatory animal
The scientific name Lissodelphis borealis is derived from the Greek word lissos (“smooth”) and the Latin word borealis (“northern”) and
The Yangtze River dolphin (also called the baiji) is believed to be extinct.
By Brian Gruters Compared to its chipper, bottlenose cousins, the baiji, or Yangtze River dolphin, was not one to pose
The Mediterranean monk seal is a phocid or "true" seal, and is the rarest and most endangered of all pinnipeds.
By Blaise Jones The short answer is no, probably not. But as with all things in nature, the full answer
Fin whales have a sleek, streamlined body with a V-shaped head. They have a tall, “falcate” dorsal fin, located about
  Dall's porpoises are "high strung," fast swimming members of the porpoise family and are common in the North Pacific
Hooker’s sea lions, also known as New Zealand sea lions, are one of only five species of sea lions in
Due to their violent reactions after being harpooned by whalers, Gray Whales earned the nickname of “devil fish.” In the
The Caribbean monk seal, also known as the "West Indian" monk seal, is a phocid or true seal. It was
The Weddell Seal lives in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, along the coast of Antarctica and nearby islands
The Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus) can grow to 24 feet and thanks to antifreeze elements in its system its meat is poisonous to humans. Photo Credit: NOAA OKEANOS Explorer Program , 2013 Northeast U. S. Canyons Expedition
By Valerie Clark Many fish are cold-blooded, which means their body temperature is set by their environment. In most of
By Blaise Jones Determining the age of a shark is a difficult and imprecise without a complete dissection, which requires
While tracking blue whales off the coast of Australia, Australian researchers set marine mammal history on Feb. 23, 2012, recording
The following animals are considered EXTINCT by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): -TSF-
A simple method of feeding by baleen whales that happens at or near the surface where the whale moves rapidly through the
  The following animals are considered EXTINCT by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): -TSF-
Most ocean pollution begins on land.  Eighty percent of pollution to the marine environment comes from the land. One of
All four species in the Order Sirenia are distant relatives of the elephant: Amazonian manatee, dugong, West African manatee and
Ocean acidification refers to a reduction in the pH of the ocean over an extended period of time, caused primarily
  A delicacy for the Inuit natives in Canada and Greenland is maktaq (also muktuk, maktaaq), which is narwal skin
In 2011, a gray whale was recorded covering 14,000 miles from Russia to Mexico and back, establishing the record for
Sea surface temperature provides fundamental information on the global climate system. Because the ocean covers 71 percent of Earth's surface, scientists
In 1998 authorities officially changed the scientific name of the Dwarf Sperm Whale from Kogia simus to Kogia sima. Known
While marine biology enthusiasts will never praise a predatory industry like whaling, one unexpected positive result of their slaughters was
Australia’s Heber Albert Longman (1880-1954) was a pioneer in scientific journalism, a self-taught scientist who began his career as a
Also known as the “dense-beaked whale,” the Blainville’s Beaked Whale is named for Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville (1777-1850), a
Crabeater Seal teeth are so unusual that many researchers consider them to be the most specialized teeth of any carnivore.
The scientific name of the Long-Beaked Common Dolphin - Delphinus capensis - refers to the Cape of Good Hope in
  Both the Long-Finned Pilot Whale and the Short-Finned Pilot Whale were given their names based on the unproven theory
Short-beaked common dolphins are small dolphins under 9 feet (2.7 m) long and weigh about 440 pounds (200 kg). As adults, males
Bowhead whales are mysticetes, which means they have "baleen" plates instead of teeth for filtering food out of the ocean.
There are five families of marine mammals within the Order Carnivora that can be divided into two groups: pinnipeds ("flipper-footed")
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: ginkgodens TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our ocean and aquatic life.
The Clymene Dolphin will sometimes spin when it comes out of the water, leading to its nickname: the “short-snouted spinner
  By Scott A. Rowan Last month's discovery by government researchers of what is believed to be the first recording
The largest animal in the ocean during the Early Ordovician was actually a shrimp ancestor from what is modern-day Morocco: Aegirocassis benmoulae. (Photo Credit: Aegirocassis benmoulae by Nobu Tamura is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
By Earl Filskov April 17, 2015 Butterflies, cockroaches, spiders, horseshoe crabs and lobsters are known as arthropods, and they are
Southern right whales are large "baleen" whales. Adults are generally between 45 and 55 feet (12.5-15.5 m) in length and can
From the University of Texas PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Ocean warming is occurring at such a rapid rate that fish
Forchhammer's Principle refers to the chemical composition of ocean water. In 1865, the Danish geologist and mineralogist Johan Georg Forchhammer,
Some of the animals who live in the North Pacific Ocean include: -TSF-
Gray whales are mysticetes, or baleen whales. Gray whales are the only species in the family Eschrichtiidae. These large whales
Krill. The Crabeater Seal does not eat crab, it only eats krill. The seal earned the misleading name because of unusual
Known by nicknames like Razorback, Finback, and Common Rorqual, the Fin Whale is the second largest animal in the world.
  While the exact purpose of the narwhal’s famous tusk or horn - which is actually a tooth that has
Diver over walls at Pavlopetri © BBC/Jon Henderson
By Maria Fernanda Pereira Ywazaki March 31, 2015 In 1967 English archeologist Nicholas Flemming discovered the oldest known submerged city:
Risso's dolphins, sometimes called "gray dolphins," have a robust body with a narrow tailstock. These medium sized cetaceans can reach
Atlantic spotted dolphins are members of the delphinid family. They are about 5-7.5 feet (1.6-2.3 m) long and weigh 220-315 pounds
By NOAA Analysis of nearly three decades of air samples from Alaska’s North Slope shows little change in long-term methane
Vaquita
By Amber Friend March 13, 2015, 9:17 a.m. History is not something that we just read about in books; it's
Humans lack the physical body parts like phonic lips or a melon that some whales use to make their calls,
The Juan Fernández Fur Seal is a polygynous species. Based on sealer observations made during the late 18th century, the
Ginkgo biloba and other ginkgo-related supplements are taken from the ginkgo tree, a native of Asia, whose fan-shaped leaves look
Dean’s Blue Hole beach, the free-diving capital of the world in Long Island, Bahamas, is a perfect example of gorgeous beaches created by millions of years of fish feces. Photo credit: Stacey Venzel.
By Stacey Venzel If you find yourself cooped up in front of a fireplace this holiday season pouring out your
The following animals are considered CRITICALLY ENDANGERED by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): -TSF-
In the icy waters of the Southern Ocean, killer whales feast on Antarctic Minke Whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis). One of the
By Blaise Jones Sharks have been harvested and eaten all over the world throughout human history. Many cultures rely heavily
Northern right whale dolphins are members of the delphinid family and the subfamily Lissodelphinae. They are approximately 6.5-10 ft (2-3 m) in
By Blaise Jones Shark have a wide variety of amazing senses and none are more fascinating and alien than their
Right whales are large baleen whales. Adults are generally 45-55 feet (13.7-16.7 m) in length and can weigh up to 70 tons (140,000 lbs;
Bearded seals are members of the "true seal" family, Phocidae. They have a small head, large body, and small, square
Beach advisories and beach closures occur when water testing reveals the presence of one or more contaminants that exceed healthy
The term "blackfish" is a general reference phrase referring to one of several species of cetaceans or fish. Due to
“Call me Ishmael.” It very well may be the most quoted opening line to a published book and is the
The Fraser’s Dolphin is also called the Sarawak Dolphin after being discovered in Sarawak, Borneo. Naturalist Francis Fraser was the
By Blaise Jones Sharks have some of the most amazing mouths in the animal kingdom. Powerful, versatile, and armed to
The inia araguaiaensis was recently determined to be a unique species, similar but different than its cousins the Amazonian and Bolivian river dolphins. (Photo credit: Inia araguaiaensis by Jorge Andrade is licensed under CC BY-AS 3.0 and is resized.)
By Earl Filskov March 22, 2015, 11:15 a.m. We know so little about the planet Earth and its inhabitants, both
By Humphrey Bwayo Ever wondered how deep the deepest lake in the world is? The deepest lake in the world
By Blaise Jones Sharks have been on this planet longer than the dinosaurs were. They’re perfectly adapted to their environments,
When Northern Elephant Seal males reach puberty at about 7 years old, they develop a large inflatable nose, or “proboscis.”
With 20 to 26 pairs of teeth in each jaw, the Melon-Headed Whale has more teeth than any other blackfish
By Blaise Jones Countershading is a very important part of what make sharks such efficient predators. However, not every shark
A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected whereas a watch means that conditions are possible. Hurricane warnings indicate that
From the Michigan DNR Southeast Lower Peninsula Lake Erie:  After strong winds and a few slow days anglers were starting
By Scott A. Rowan Since the age of dinosaurs, animals have developed many defensive techniques, including one of the most
The following animals are considered VULNERABLE by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): -TSF-
From Exeter University Professor Simpson, who has listened to the vocalisations of fish using sophisticated underwater listening equipment, has identified
Sea otters in the wild. Photo credit: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire.
By Stacey Venzel The unheralded discovery of a colony of California sea otters in 1915 and the surprising way biologists
Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms in all types of water
The South American Sea Lion is the most abundant marine mammal occurring along the southern part of South America (Cappozzo
By Blaise Jones Yes! All sharks are carnivores. No sharks actively eat plants. The closest to a plant-eating shark we
There are five families of marine mammals within the Order Carnivora that can be divided into two groups: pinnipeds ("flipper-footed") and
Some of the animal life found in the Indian Ocean includes: -TSF-
Trips to the beach aren't always fun in the sun. Plan your summer beach visit with the following safety tips
This is a trick question of sorts. The correct answer can be either one, four, five or six oceans, depending
Found in the Arctic Ocean and neighboring habitats, the walrus is the only member of the family Odobenidae in the
Making as many as four body revolutions in one leap, the Spinner Dolphin is the only dolphin that spins completely
Technically a dolphin and not a whale, the Short-Finned Pilot Whale is the second largest dolphin in the world behind
The Dall sheep, Dall's porpoise and 10 species of mollusks are all named for William Healey Dall (1845-1927), an American
• Read more about the Baiji - "Ghost of the River" ... The Chinese river dolphin is a freshwater dolphin
The Caribbean Monk Seal is the only known seal to be native to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean
By Blaise Jones Sharks have a plethora of senses that allow them to maintain their mastery of the oceans. Their
By Andy Duncan In less than 25 years the North Atlantic Right Whale will be extinct, according to experts who
The world's smallest known cetacean is the Vaquita (Phocoenca sinus). Also known as the Cochito, the vaquita has a very
  The group of small animal and plant organisms float or drift in massive numbers in fresh or salt water and consist
By Valerie Clark There are 18 species of penguins, and they are all found in the southern hemisphere. Some experts
The star of countless circus acts and appearances in shows and movies, the California sea lion is arguably one of
  Walruses, whose latin name translates as “tooth-walking sea horse”, are found in the Northern Hemisphere along the perimeter of
Short-finned pilot whales are larger members of the dolphin group reaching average lengths of 12 feet (3.7 m) for females and 18 feet
Longman's beaked whales, sometimes known as "tropical bottlenose" or "Indo-Pacific beaked whales," are one of the rarest and least known
Only the male members of the True’s beaked whale have teeth, mostly likely used to battle other males for mating,
A swell shark egg, often referred to as a mermaid's purse. The growing shark pup inside can be seen through the thin outer shell. This photo was taken in the Northern Channel Islands in 2011. Photo credit: Vagabondvince310.
By Hannah Roddy Sharks are fascinating creatures, especially when it comes to discussing their reproduction and development. Sharks are divided
Able to reach speeds of 35 mph (56 kmh), both the Sei Whale and the Fin Whale can claim to
Notothenioid fish under Antarctic use have developed some unusual ways to avoid freezing. (Photo credit: Icefish larvae by Uwe Kils is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 photo resized)
By Shauna Bennett March 25, 2015, 4:23 p.m. Near Antarctica, the seawaters are congested with ice. And so are the
Watch these orcas work together as a team to kill a tiger shark using tonic immobility.   By Blaise Jones
Approximately five times larger than the human brain, the Sperm Whale has the largest brain of any animal ever. Contained
The plural form of callus, callosities are thick and hardened patches that give the North Atlantic Right Whale its distinctive
Ironically, a distinctive yellow-beige streak on the side of a dolphin is a sure sign that you’ve spotted a cetacean
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the geology, and details of some
Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Cetacea Family: Delphinidae Genus: Sousa Species: chinensis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER,
Scientist Francis Fraser is credited with being the first to describe a new species of cetacean based upon a single
One of the most abundant seals on the planet is the Crabeater Seal, a resident of the Southern Ocean. Crabeater
By NOAA Hypoxic zone size affected by low river flow and nutrient loading Scientists expect that this year’s mid-summer Chesapeake
By Blaise Jones A large part of the fearsome reputation of sharks comes from the idea that they are all
Skeleton comparison of spinosaurus aegyptiacus and typical penguin
By Scott A. Rowan The penguin thrashed the shark, eating most of it whole, but it was still hungry. So
The colorful hues of icebergs result from the interplay of light with dense ice, ice crystals, and algal growth. Most
The largest of all the toothed whales (odontocetes), the Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) was a misunderstood leviathan by whalers. The
Researchers in Antarctica with the Deep-SCINI rover. (Photo credit: Linuxgizmos.com)
By Earl Filskov April 1, 2015 When drilling a hole almost 2,500 feet (740m) through the Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf –
By Valerie Clark You might think that cute little penguins are natural prey for polar bears in the arctic. Fortunately
Atlantic white-sided dolphins have a robust body, short beak, and a distinct color pattern, including a bi-colored beak. Their back,
By Scott A. Rowan The person has not yet been born who knows how to solve the permanent problem that
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lagenorhynchus SPECIES: australis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Spanish for "little cow," the vaquita (Phocoena sinus) is the the world's most endangered cetacean due to the fact that
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Tasmacetus SPECIES: shepherdi TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
There are five families of marine mammals within the Order Carnivora that can be divided into two groups: pinnipeds ("flipper-footed")
This is a trick question of sorts with two animals sharing the title depending on your perspective. The sperm whale
While most fish rest by reducing their activity and metabolism, fish "sleep" is different from that of land mammals. The
  Known by nicknames like Razorback, Finback, and Common Rorqual, the Fin Whale is the second largest animal in the
By Blaise Jones Finding prey in the ocean is no easy task. The ocean is, in a word, big. Some
Here are a few videos that will help quickly introduce you to the Weddell Seal and the great work researchers
Based on research and recent proof from a century-old harpoon, scientists believe the bowhead whale can live to be more
By Blaise Jones As it is with many other aspects of shark biology, the method by which sharks reproduce varies
The discovery of water molecules buried within blue ringwoodite, which is found hundreds of miles inside the Earth, may be empirical evidence that the world's largest ocean is subterranean. Photo credit: Jasperox.
By Rachel Sloan The biggest ocean in the world has never been seen, according to scientists who discovered a massive
Southern elephant seals are named after the large proboscis (nose) of the adult males, which is used to make loud
The official poster for Earth Hour 2015. (Photo credit: Earth Hour poster by EarthHour.orgis licensed under CC BY-AS 2.0.)
By Amber Friend March 23, 2015; 12:28 p.m. On March 28, 2015, at 8:30 pm local time people around the
  The Australian Sea-lion has a blunt snout, with small tightly rolled external ears. Males have dark blackish to chocolate
The subantarctic fur seal is a small, carnivorous marine mammal. This species is sexually dimorphic, with adult males being up
The following animals have insufficient enough research to fully determine their vulnerability and are classified as DATA INCOMPLETE by the International
One of the more easily-recognized whales due to the white patch on its head that looks like a white baseball
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: layardii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Harp seals are part of the family Phocidae, known as the "true" or "earless" seals because they lack external ear
By Earl Filskov   First discovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile in 1835 by French naturalist
Hydrography is the science that measures and describes the physical features of bodies of water. Hydrography is the science that
Killer whales most widely distributed marine mammals, found in all parts of the oceans; most abundant in colder waters, including
By Blaise Jones When you look at a fish, a shark, and a whale, you might think that they are
  If local threats are reduced, coral reefs have a greater chance of surviving a larger climate event, such as
In New Zealand, one of the main tourist attractions is swimming with Dusky Dolphins. Despite being wild, the dolphins are
A seiche is a standing wave oscillating in a body of water. If you have observed water sloshing back and
By Blaise Jones Sharks are amazingly resilient to disease. Research has indicated that sharks may be the first vertebrate animals
Jaws by Peter Benchley.
By Stacey Venzel Terror surrounding the great white shark received a major boost in 1974 when Peter Benchley's critically acclaimed
It wasn’t until a live sighting in 2003 proved that the Longman’s Beaked Whale was still alive after only skulls
Hybrid whales are uncommon in the wild, but they do exist. These offspring are some of the most rare cetaceans
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lagenorhynchus SPECIES: cruciger TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Sirenia FAMILY: Trichechidae GENUS: Trichechus SPECIES: inunguis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Weighing more than 330,000 pounds (150,000 kg) and measuring more than 100 feet (30 m), the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)
  A delicacy for the Inuit natives in Canada and Greenland is maktaq (also muktuk, maktaaq), which is narwal skin
The African Elephant is the largest animal walking the earth, weighing up to 12,000 pounds (5.4 metric tonnes) and measure
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the geology, and details of some
Spyhopping is when whales and dolphins raise their heads vertically out of the water. Likened to a human treading water,
Afro-Australian Fur Seals are the largest of all Fur Seals. Mean asymptotic mass and length of males is 229 kg
Long-finned pilot whales are commonly seen in tight, sociable pods and sub-groups (usually containing more females than males) of usually
Sei whales (pronounced "say" or "sigh") are members of the baleen whale family and are considered one of the "great
The only dolphin found in the Southern Ocean is the Hourglass Dolphin. One of the smallest dolphins, the Hourglass Dolphin
The beluga whale is a small, white-toothed whale. Adult belugas may reach a length of 16 feet (5 m), though average size
Long-finned pilot whales are one of the largest members of the dolphin family. Males can reach lengths of about 25 feet
Regularly migrating from Alaska to Hawaii and back again in the Pacific Ocean (and New England to Dominican Republic and
  Known by nicknames like Razorback, Finback, and Common Rorqual, the Fin Whale is the second largest animal in the
A "red tide" is a common term used for a harmful algal bloom. Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, occur when
Ocean noise refers to sounds made by human activities that can interfere with or obscure the ability of marine animals
One of the most rare dolphins in the world due to its limited distribution is the Peale’s Dolphin. Found solely
Fur seals and sea lions are distinguished from other seals by their external ear flaps and hind flippers which rotate
By Blaise Jones One of the key byproducts of human expansion are heavy metals. No, not Metallica. Cobalt, aluminum, chrome, lead, nickel, zinc, copper, cadmium and mercury
By Blaise Jones Many movies featuring sharks often have them patrolling a set area as their home territory. This was
The following animals are considered LEAST CONCERN by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): -TSF-
The Crabeater Seal just may cover more distance on land than any other seal. Living in the Southern Ocean, Crabeater
Living in the cold waters of the North Pacific Ocean from Japan and Russia to Alaska and British Columbia, the
Status ESA Endangered - throughout its range MMPA Depleted - throughout its range CITES Appendix II - throughout its range
By Blaise Jones With new shark species being discovered all the time, the exact number of shark species can vary,
Even though they are dolphins and not porpoises, the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin is sometimes referred to as a “hookfin porpoise.”
In late September, marine biologist David Gruber revealed the world's first recording of a reptile displaying bioflourescent behavior. The hawksbill sea
The horse latitudes are subtropical regions known for calm winds and little precipitation. The horse latitudes are located at about 30
With the scientific name of Megaptera novaeangliae, which means “big-winged New Englander,” the humpback whale got its bird-like name due
  The only dolphin found in the Southern Ocean is the Hourglass Dolphin. One of the smallest dolphins, the Hourglass
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Cephalorhynchus SPECIES: commersonii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
By Blaise Jones Sharks are incredibly ecologically-flexible animals. They can be found in every sea in the world, ranging from
Pygmy killer whales are small members of the dolphin group. They can reach a length of 8.5 feet (2.6 m) and weight
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the geology, location, and dangers of
Long-beaked common dolphins are relatively small dolphins that can reach lengths of 6-8.5 ft (1.9-2.6 m) and weigh 160-500 lbs
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Phocenidae GENUS: Phocoena SPECIES: spinipinnis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
By Scott A. Rowan The mysterious case of the sea lion crawling into the cattle field miles from the ocean
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Pontoporiidae GENUS: Pontoporia SPECIES: blainvillei TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): baleen FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or BRACKISH:
The world's first aquatic, animated news network, The Super Fins® is a collection of animals who cover stories in every
The Bottlenose Dolphin is known to give birth up to 45 years old. Females will outlive males, with males living
Sailors call the latitudes between 40 and 50 degrees south of the equator the Roaring Forties. During the Age of
Sonar tests by ExxonMobil oil researchers as well as similar tests by the U.S. Navy were determined by an independent
  The Baikal Seal belongs to the Phocina group of northern seals, which includes the Ringed Seals (Pusa), the Harbour
Hagfish mouth.
This third Wednesday in October is Hagfish Day, created to help popularize one of the strangest animals in existence whose
The world's most northern ocean, the Arctic Ocean is populated with the following animals: -TSF-  
By Blaise Jones Determining the sex of an animal you are unfamiliar with can be a difficult task. More so
From NASA A NASA airborne mission designed to transform our understanding of Earth's valuable and ecologically sensitive coral reefs has
Some of the animal life found in the North Atlantic Ocean includes: -TSF-
White-beaked dolphins, sometimes called "squidhounds" by fishermen in Canada, are relatively small delphinids (Reeves et al. 2002). They are about
Also called the Giant Bottlenose Whale, the Baird’s Beaked Whale (Berardius bairdii)  is the largest of all the beaked whales
The sperm whale was hunted voraciously up until 1988 for the waxy spermaceti oil in its cranium. It was found
By Blaise Jones While sharks are often compared to torpedoes, they’re really more like guided missiles. Beneath their tough exterior
The "doldrums" is a popular nautical term that refers to the belt around the Earth near the equator where sailing
A bight is a long, gradual bend or recess in the shoreline that forms a large, open bay. Bights are
Bleached branching coral (foreground) and normal branching coral (background). Keppel Islands, Great Barrier Reef.
By Stacey Venzel Over the last one hundred years, the average temperature on our planet has risen 33 degrees Fahrenheit
By Blaise Jones Though sharks are some of the most ferocious predators in saltwater or freshwater, they are not invincible.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Phocenidae GENUS: Neophocaena SPECIES: phocaenoides TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
Gervais' beaked whales, sometimes called the "Antillean" or "Gulf Stream beaked whale," are little known members of the beaked whale
By Amber Friend A vaquita is the smallest living cetacean (pronounced sĭ-tā′shən). Cetaceans are made up of whales, dolphins and
The 20-Hz signals of finback whales are perhaps one of the better described whale calls in the Atlantic Ocean. Typically,
They are slightly smaller on average than leopard and crabeater seals, reaching about 3 metres and 200 kg. Their coat
Great hammerhead shark (Sphryna mokarran). Photo credit: Jake Mohan.
By Blaise Jones When people picture sharks, they probably imagine a sleek, torpedo-shaped body with a conical head. Most sharks
Known as a mermaid's purse, the egg sac of oviparous sharks allows the pup to develop. Note the long, curly tendrils that help the egg attach to seaweed and remain out of harm's way until birth. This is the egg of a lesser spotted dogfish from Wales. Credit: Tom Oates, 2009.
By Scott Rowan Sharks have two ways to birth that vary from species to species: live birth (vivaparous) or laying
Considered to be a pioneer in the history of Alaska, Siberia and Russia, German explorer and scientist Georg Wilhelm Steller
The Weddell Seal has the most southern habitat of any seal in the world, living on and near the shores
Fur seals are the smallest seals and closely related to dogs and sea lions, able to walk on all fours.
Northern bottlenose whales are the largest members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae) in the North Atlantic Ocean. As adults,
Scientific studies have revealed many different populations–or even potentially different species or subspecies–of killer whales worldwide. These different populations of
From NOAA $9 Million in Funding for Coastal Habitat Restoration Projects to Benefit Fish This year, we are recommending $9
By Blaise Jones Sharks have a reputation as “cold-blooded killers” and despite how negative that term is, it’s not entirely
Sometimes called "puffers," the Harbor Porpoise draws its name from the Latin word for pig (porcus). Reaching approximately 5 feet
The Long-Beaked Common Dolphin has more teeth than any other dolphin, with up to 67 pairs of teeth lining the
Albert the Orca Explains Echolocation to The Super Fins Illustrated by Jim Siergey Written by Scott A. Rowan Whales and
The Weddell Seal is the only seal that lives permanently in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean along the
The three “monk” seals are either extinct - Caribbean Monk Seal (Monachus tropicalis) - or are the most endangered of
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: peruvianus TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
    The Antarctic Minke Whale is more robust than the other large rorquals (large baleen whales). The rostrum of
A wetland is an area of land that is saturated with water. There are many different kinds of wetlands and
Waves are created by energy passing through water, causing it to move in a circular motion. The ocean is never
Satellites can "see the sea" in ways that are otherwise impossible and are amazing tools for observing the Earth and the
According to a 2004 NOAA report on ship strikes documented from 1975-2002, the Fin Whale was hit by more vessels
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: bowdoini TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
The Hawaiian monk seal is one of the rarest marine mammals in the world. Part of the "true seal" family
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Iniidae GENUS: Inia SPECIES: geoffrensis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
The distance that sound travels in the ocean varies greatly, depending primarily upon water temperature and pressure. While sound moves
Australia’s Heber Albert Longman (1880-1954) was a pioneer in scientific journalism, a self-taught scientist who began his career as a
By Ker Than, Stanford University An unprecedented pattern of extinction in the oceans today that selectively targets large-bodied animals over
Adult hooded seals have black heads and silver-gray coats with dark blotches of varying sizes and shapes across their bodies.
The bull shark (carcharhinus leucas) has valid claims to be the most dangerous shark in ALL waters. (Bull shark photo by Albert Kok is licensed under CC BY 2.0).
By Earl Filskov March 16, 2015; 6:57 p.m. There are currently 368 known species of sharks in the work. Only
Pygmy sperm whales are small members of the toothed whale group, and one of two species in the family Kogiidae.
Sirenia include all manatees and dugongs. There are four living species of sirenia: Dugong West African manatee Amazonian manatee West Indian
Bubble Net Feeding is a highly-coordinated form of predatory feeding employed by humpback whales where a pod of whales swims
  Baird's beaked whales, sometimes called "giant bottlenose whales," are the largest members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae). Females
By Blaise Jones A large part of the fearsome reputation of sharks comes from the idea that they are all
Overfishing can deplete key reef species and damage coral habitat. Coral reef ecosystems support important commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishery
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Platanistidae GENUS: Platanista SPECIES: gangetica TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
The following animals are considered ENDANGERED by the International Union for Conservation and Natural Resources (IUCN): -TSF-
Most fish slow down and "rest" near the bottom during cold winter months. Have you ever wondered how fish survive
Early commerce to the Americas relied on the trade winds—the prevailing easterly winds that circle the Earth near the equator.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Sotalia SPECIES: fluviatilis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
The only beaked whale found in the waters off of Alaska, the Stejneger’s beaked whale is named for Leonhard Stejneger,
Spotted seals are members of the "true seal" family, Phocidae. They have a round head, narrow snout, small body, and
By Blaise Jones Sharks do have scales, though they are very different from the scales of bony fish. While it
Lobtailing is when a cetacean lifts its fluke (tail) out of the water and slaps it on the surface of
The Atlantic Humpback Dolphin is endemic to the eastern tropical Atlantic, where it is limited to coastal and inshore waters
By Blaise Jones Of all the animals on this planet, sharks arguably have the worst reputation. No other predatory animal
Unlike left and right, "port" and "starboard" refer to fixed locations on a vessel. Since port and starboard never change,
  Naturalist, ichthyologist (person who studies fish) and ornithologist (person who studies birds), Spencer F. Baird (1823-1887) was named the
The Mediterranean Monk Seal has the shortest hair of all pinnipeds (flipper-footed mammal). Mediterranean monk seals have a fairly large,
The Weddell Seal is the only seal that lives permanently in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean along the
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lagenorhynchus SPECIES: obscurus TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Many serious coral reef ecosystem stressors originate from land-based sources, most notably toxicants, sediments, and nutrients. Impacts from land-based sources
Hard (or stony) corals reproduce by releasing their eggs and sperm all at the same time. This spawning cycle is
Rorqual whales are baleen whales that are relatively streamlined in appearance and have pointed heads and small pointed fins.  They
Marine biogeography is the study of marine species, the geographic distribution of their habitats, and the relationships between living organisms
By Earl Filskov March 5, 2015, 12:25 p.m. Menacingly, it slowly moves through the darkness of the ocean, at depths
The only difference between a hurricane, a cyclone, and a typhoon is the location where the storm occurs. Hurricanes, cyclones,
Brasilia, Brazil - Last month the Brazilian environmental agency, IBAMA, announced the licensing process to build the São Luiz do
By Scott A. Rowan If a report published last week in “Science” magazine is correct, the oldest living animal isn’t
The Hawaiian name for the Hawaiian Monk Seal is “llio holo I ka uaua” that is translated as a “dog
Blainville's beaked whales, sometimes known as the "dense-beaked whale," are little known members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae). As
Though the vocalizations of killer whales is one of the most complex, especially given the fact that there are various
On December 4, 2006, Japanese scientists videotaped this female giant squid alive. Credit: Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Museum of Nature and Science of Japan/AP
By Shauna Bennett April 8, 2015 Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
Like other dolphins of the genus Stenella, these are relatively small dolphins, reaching lengths of 6 to 7 feet (2 m) and
The Mediterranean monk seal is a phocid or “true” seal, and is the rarest and most endangered of all pinnipeds
Also called the Cochito, the Vaquita (Phocoenca sinus) is the world's most endangered cetacean with less than 100 individuals believed
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Cephalorhynchus SPECIES: heavisidii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Both the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin and the Clymene Dolphin are the only two members of genus Stenella. Both are found
Though both whales are rorqual whales, the Sei whale grows to 60 feet (18 m) and 100,000 pounds (45,000 kg)
Pacific white-sided dolphins have a robust body and a very short beak. They have an unusually large, curved dorsal fin
The blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is not only the largest animal to ever live on earth - yes, it was
A delicacy for the Inuit natives in Canada and Greenland is maktaq (also muktuk, maktaaq), which is narwal skin that
What is the difference between hibernation, aestivation, and brumation? Though they are similar and often confused with each other, there
In 2006, and again in 2012, marine researchers reluctantly declared the Chinese River Dolphin, also known as the Baiji, to be
  RESIDENT, TRANSIENT, or OFFSHORE Vocalizations of the three killer whale ecotypes, the fish-eating (resident) killer whale, the mammal-eating (transient)
Bow riding is when marine mammals swim near the front part (the bow) of a ship. Dolphins and porpoises are
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Cephalorhynchus SPECIES: hectori TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
It may sound horrific today that a respected animal researcher would not just work with whaling industries, but would actually
Blue whales are baleen whales and are found worldwide. Blue whales in the Northern Hemisphere are generally smaller than those
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Sirenia FAMILY: Dugongidae GENUS: Dugong SPECIES: dugon TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Fin whales are the second-largest species of whale, with a maximum length of about 75 feet (22 m) in the Northern Hemisphere,
  By Scott A. Rowan Now you can have a beer and enjoy it guilt-free knowing that your selection will
Cuvier's beaked whales, sometimes called "goose-beaked whales," are members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae). They can reach lengths of
By Earl Filskov Menacingly, it slowly moves through the darkness of the ocean, at depths of more than 3,000 feet,
The popular television show “Flipper” (1964-67) made the Bottlenose Dolphin one of the world’s most popular cetacean, but the show
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Sirenia FAMILY: Trichechidae GENUS: Trichechus SPECIES: senegalensis TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Bryde's (pronounced "broodus") whales are members of the baleen whale family and are considered one of the "great whales" or
Either the West African manatee or the West Indian manatee is correct. All manatees are ancient relatives of elephants and other
By Blaise Jones Many sharks occupy spaces near the top of their ecosystem’s food chain. This means that they are
Northern fur seals are members of the "eared seal" family (Otariidae). They have a stocky body, small head, and a
Phytoplankton, also known as microalgae, are similar to terrestrial plants in that they contain chlorophyll and require sunlight in order
Known only from fossilized skulls until the discovery of live animals in 1954, the Pygmy Killer Whale can be found
By Blaise Jones Finding prey in the ocean is no easy task. The ocean is, in a word, big. Some
There are 18 seal species in the world and 10 of them are located in the polar regions. These 10
By Frances Allen The Great Barrier Reef comprises 2,900 individual reefs, making it the largest coral reef in the world
By Earl Filskov First discovered in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile in 1835 by French naturalist Alcide
Canadian fishermen call the White-Beaked Dolphin a “squidhound” because squid is one of its favorite foods. They also feed upon
From NOAA Fish and fish products must meet protection standards comparable to the U.S. Last month, the National Oceanographic Atmospheric
One of the elusive beaked whales, the Sowerby’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) was named for James Sowerby (1757-1822), an artist
By Blaise Jones Sharks are masters of their environment. Every aspect of their physiology is designed to maximize their efficiency.
False killer whales are large members of the dolphin family. Females reach lengths of 15 feet (4.5 m), while males are almost
Also called the Giant Bottlenose Whale, the Baird’s Beaked Whale (Berardius bairdii)  is the largest of all the beaked whales
Some of the animal life found in the South Pacific Ocean includes: -TSF-
    By Blaise Jones Sharks have survived every major extinction event that has hit this planet since their species
Harbor seals are part of the "true seal" family, Phocidae. True seals lack external ear flaps and have short forelimbs
The largest seal in the world tips the scales at more than 8,800 pounds (4,000 kg) and up to 20
Crabeater seals are the most numerous of the world's seals.  There are millions of crabeater seals.  After the pups are
By Blaise Jones Nothing encapsulates the popular image of sharks more than the feeding frenzy. The thought of dozens of
An iceberg is ice that broke off from glaciers or shelf ice and is floating in open water. To be
By Scott A. Rowan In our series of stories on tidal bores, we examine the geology, and details of some
Johan Bryde (1858-1925) was a Norwegian whaler who later was co-founder of the South African Whaling Company in 1908. The
By Blaise Jones The exact nature and biological reason behind sleep is still a mystery to science. No one knows
Approximately the size of a city bus, the Atlantic Minke Whale is the smallest of the rorquals, or large whales.
A bracket-shaped marking that is usually white or light gray behind the eye, is a sure sign that the species
By Stacey Venzel If you spot a turtle crossing the road, it is helpful if you move the turtle away
With only 4-14 teeth in the lower jaw and usually none in the upper jaw, the Risso’s Dolphin has one
Tokyo – Radioactive contamination in the seabed off the Fukushima coast is hundreds of times above pre-2011 levels, while contamination
South American Fur Seals are sexually dimorphic. Adult males are approximately 1.3 times longer and 3.3 times heavier than adult
True's beaked whales have a relatively small to medium-sized body with a moderately short beak, as well as a rounded
Right whales are large baleen whales. Females are larger than males. Distinguishing features include a stocky body, black coloration (although
With a population size of about 50,000, the Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus, subspecies: wollebacki) is one of the first
Often seen making long leaps through the water at speeds up to 22 mph (35 kph), the Northern Right Whale
The Earth is an irregularly shaped ellipsoid. While the Earth appears to be round when viewed from the vantage point
Weddell seals are found near the fast ice of the Antarctic continent, and some nearby islands.  The Weddell seals do
Known as the “Sea Unicorn” and “Unicorn of the Ocean” and just about any other unicorn allusion, the Narwhal (Monodon
By Jeannette Bedard With each ebb and flow the shoreline changes. Rocks and sand are exposed only to be hidden
Stejneger's beaked whales, sometimes known as the "Bering Sea beaked whale" or the "Saber-toothed whale," are little known members of
As the only member of the whale family with no dorsal fin, the Northern Right Whale Dolphin is the most
The West Indian manatee is currently divided into two subspecies: the Florida and Antillean manatees. Florida manatees (T. m. latirostris) are
By Blaise Jones For the most part sharks are lone hunters, only interacting with other members of their species in
These tanks, filled with water from the same source, show how mussels can filter the water. The tank on the right has mussels. The tank on the left doesn't. Photo credit: Virginia Tech.
By Valerie K Clark Short answer: Yes, but should they be introduced to clean polluted water is another question. Let’s
By Scott A. Rowan Keratin is a fibrous protein that is the basic structural component of hair, horns, claws, fingernails,
By Blaise Jones Shark skin is often described as feeling like sandpaper, but in actuality it’d be more appropriate to
Humpback whales are well known for their long "pectoral" fins, which can be up to 15 feet (4.6 m) in length. Their
Found in the subpolar and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Sei Whale gets its name
The International Date Line serves as the "line of demarcation" between two consecutive calendar dates. The International Date Line, established
By Amber Friend A vaquita is the smallest living cetacean (pronounced sĭ-tā′shən). Cetaceans are made up of whales, dolphins and
By Blaise Jones Few images are as iconic and terrifying as that of a shark’s dorsal fin knifing across the
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Northern elephant seals are the largest phocid, or “true” seal, in the Northern Hemisphere. Fully grown males can reach lengths
Other stories about the vaquita: Endangered vaquita population is less than 100, how you can help Vaquitas have compact, robust
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Hyperoodon SPECIES: planifrons TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
By Scott Rowan March 3, 2015, 7:58 a.m. It isn’t as simple as one family member aiding another, but the
There are 22 beaked whales species and 21 of them only have teeth in the lower jaw. The only exception
California sea lion can dive as deep as:   1,000 feet 1,500 feet 2,000 feet   The deepest that a
Closeup of a Galileo thermoscope.
By Jeannette Bedard  In the ocean, the surface is easy to observe. From antiquity, seafarers strove to interpret the surface
Northern elephant seals are the largest phocid, or "true" seal, in the Northern Hemisphere. Fully grown males can reach lengths
By Blaise Jones Determining which shark species are the most abundant is no easy tasks. You simply cannot go out
Each of the 22 species of beaked whale are notorious for being mysterious, avoiding contact with humans, but three of
  Baird's beaked whales, sometimes called "giant bottlenose whales," are the largest members of the beaked whale family (Ziphiidae). Females
A hurricane is a type of storm called a tropical cyclone, which forms over tropical or subtropical waters. A tropical
By Amber Friend Vaquitas can be found in the shallow, murky ocean waters of the northern Gulf of California. Vaquitas
Sometimes call a “hookfin porpoise,” the Pacific White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) is actually a dolphin. The source of the misleading
By Scott A. Rowan Ghosts surprise. That's what they do. So it only makes sense that the surprise scientists experienced
Striped dolphins are some of the most abundant and widespread dolphins in the world. These dolphins can reach lengths of
The Dall's porpoise is considered to be the world's fastest cetacean, about to reach speeds up to 35 mph (56
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: hectori TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
By Blaise Jones Many people consider it in poor taste to walk around with your mouth open all the time.
The three manatee species (Amazonian manatee, West African manatee, West Indian manatee) and the dugong are the four species that make
By Earl Filskov Approximately 100 miles off the coast of Mexico in the Humboldt Current, fisherman hope to catch the
Due to their thick layer of blubber that makes them float when dead, the North Atlantic Right Whale was the
The scientific name Stenella coeruleoalba for the Striped Dolphin comes from the Latin words “caeruleus” (“sky blue”) and “albus” (“white”),
One of the few dolphins in the world able to swim in both freshwater and saltwater, the Irrawaddy Dolphin can
The calls of the Weddell Seal are so loud that researchers can easily hear them through the ice. The Weddell
By Blaise Jones Like most large marine organisms, sharks breathe through their gills. Gills are specialized organs that allow for
Time lapse photos of sea star eating, its protruding stomach is the white material (Photo credit: lizwason/wordpress).
By Angelica Romero Blancas March 14, 2015, 8:57 a.m. What lies in the ocean can be as much of a
The varied effects of climate change are changing the ocean; these changes dramatically affect coral reef ecosystems. Climate change is
An oceanographer studies the ocean. Oceanography covers a wide range of topics, including marine life and ecosystems, ocean circulation, plate tectonics
The Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) is also known as the Black Dolphin. It earned the name Black Dolphin because the
Though not found in freshwater rivers, the Bottlenose Dolphin has been spotted in every ocean in the world as well
Growing to approximately 32 feet (9.8 m) and 17,000 pounds (7,500 kg), the Northern Bottlenose Whale is the largest of
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: cephalorhynchus SPECIES: eutropia TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Though they’re common name may be misleading, the Killer Whale is neither a “killer” nor a “whale.” Actually the largest
Found primarily in deep waters throughout tropical and subtropical areas of the world, the Pygmy Killer Whale has three recognized
By Blaise Jones For the most part sharks are lone hunters, only interacting with other members of their species in
Polar bears evolved from brown bears and are the largest member of the bear family. Male polar bears measure 2.4-
In late September, marine biologist David Gruber revealed the world's first recording of a reptile displaying bioflourescent behavior. The hawksbill sea
Krill are small (2 inches / 5.5 cm) shrimp-like crustaceans that are found throughout the worlds oceans. Not surprisingly, Antarctic
Based on research and recent proof from a century-old harpoon, scientists believe the bowhead whale can live to be more
The Clymene Dolphin does not have a traditional, hairy mustache, but the markings on its rostrum are distinctive enough to
By Blaise Jones Like most large marine organisms, sharks breathe through their gills. Gills are specialized organs that allow for
By Blaise Jones Sharks are members of the group Chondrichthyes, which comes from the Greek words for “cartilage” and “fish.”
Clymene Dolphins, sometimes known as the “short-snouted spinner dolphin,” are relatively small delphinids. In 1981, Clymene dolphins were separated from
What is the Sargasso Sea? The Sargasso Sea is the world's only sea that does not touch land at any
Illustration depicting the overturning circulation of the global ocean. Throughout the Atlantic Ocean, the circulation carries warm waters (red arrows) northward near the surface and cold deep waters (blue arrows) southward. Image credit: NASA/JPL
As revealed in our explanation about the Gulf Stream, the Sverdrup is used to measure a massive volume of water.
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Ziphiidae GENUS: Mesoplodon SPECIES: carlhubbsi TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
Comparison of a bottlenose dolphin, one of the most popular ocean animals, versus the similarly-named dolphinfish, one of the most popular restaurant items, and the dolphinfish's closest relative, the Pompano dolphin. Images are not to scale.
By Holly Lynn Anderson Clearing up the confusion between a dolphin and a dolphinfish illustrates two common problems when discussing
Subspecies of the spinner dolphin include: Eastern spinner (Stenella longirostris orientalis) Central American spinner (Stenella longirostris centroamericanus) "Whitebelly" spinner (Stenella
Melon-headed whales are small members of the dolphin group. They can reach a length of 9 feet (2.7 m) and weight of
In 1831 Charles Darwin was invited by Capt. Robert FitzRoy (1805-1865) to be the naturalist on the H.M.S. Beagle’s voyage
Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes
  Love education as much as you do marine animals? Have a college degree in education or biology, marine biology
A spring tide—popularly known as a "King Tide"—refers to the 'springing forth' of the tide during new and full moon.
Earth is the only known planet to have bodies of liquid water on its surface. Currently, Earth is the only
None. Atlantic Spotted Dolphins are born without any spots and look very much like slender bottlenose dolphins. As the pups
By Blaise Jones How can a single individual have any effect on something as huge as the ocean? The answer
Coral outcrop on Flynn Reef at The Great Barrier Reef. Photo credit: Toby Hudson.
By Emma Corradini Though coral reefs protect an estimated 25 percent of all marine life, these habitats are constantly under threat
By Blaise Jones Time and time again it has been said that sharks are unfairly labeled as mindless eating machines.
The endangered Indus River Dolphin is native to the Indus River in Pakistan, where it is known locally as “bhulan”
Gray seals are part of the "true seal" family, Phocidae. True seals lack external ear flaps and have short forelimbs
The Dall's porpoise is named for American naturalist William Healey Dall (1845-1927) who published more than 1,600 research papers and
NOAA's official value for the total length of the U.S. shoreline is 95,471 miles As there is no reference that
By Blaise Jones Sharks are apex predators; they sit atop of the food chain with no other animals regularly preying
By Blaise Jones Sharks possess a very adaptable physiology which lets them thrive in almost any environment the ocean has
  PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Orcaella SPECIES: brevirostris TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER
  By Blaise Jones While sharks come in all shades and colors, most people picture them with gray backs and
By Blaise Jones Sharks can be found all over the world with only a few exceptions. There are no sharks
Freshwater Weekly Fishing ReportWeek of June 28, 2017 From the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department ALAN HENRY Water clear on the
Streamlined and robust, the White-Beaked Dolphin is easily recognizable due to the white coloring of the area around the animal’s
No, humans cannot actually speak the same way a whale does. But work is underway to translate the calls, whistles,
Technically a dolphin and not a whale, the Pygmy Killer Whale has a very misleading name which only underscores how
  By Amber Friend The history-making extinction of aquatic animals is not just a thing of the past, unfortunately, with
The last confirmed sighting of the Caribbean Monk Seal was in 1952 on Seranilla Bank between Honduras and Jamaica. Today
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae GENUS: Lissodelphis SPECIES: peronii TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
The term "current" describes the motion of the ocean. Ocean currents are driven by wind, water density differences, and tides. Oceanic
When surfacing for air, the Harbor Porpoise will not splash and make a visible display that could attract predators. Instead,
Built like a torpedo with a massive shell on the front end to penetrate a dense object, the bowhead whale
Sowerby's beaked whales, sometimes known as the "North Atlantic beaked whale," are little known members of the beaked whale family
From NOAA In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, NOAA calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or
Saimaa seals, like other ringed seals, are short and stocky. Both males and females reach about 5 feet (1.5 m)
The only dolphin known to display the unique trait called “roto-tailing” is the Striped Dolphin. Roto-tailing is when the animal
Yes, but it is uncommon. It is so unusual, in fact, that less than six sightings of hybrid whales have
In tropical areas of the eastern Pacific Ocean, fisherman and field biologists refer to the Striped Dolphin as a “streaker”
  The Coriolis Effect, in combination with an area of high pressure, causes the prevailing winds—the trade winds—to move from
Rough-toothed dolphins are small members of the dolphin group that can grow up to 8.5 feet (2.6 m) long and about 350
Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are the largest of the odontocetes (toothed whales) and the most sexually dimorphic cetaceans, with males
By Blaise Jones There are 10 orders of shark: saw sharks, angel sharks, dogfish, bramble sharks, cow sharks, frilled sharks,
How many oceans are there? This is a trick question of sorts. The correct answer can be either one, four,
Fraser’s dolphins are capable of diving up to almost 2,000 feet (600 m) to feed on deep sea species of
Benjamin Franklin published this map of the Gulf Stream in 1769.
By Bob Baldwin Benjamin Franklin created the chart above to show the mysterious river of water flowing across the Atlantic
By Amber Friend Why are Vaquita Disappearing? Vaquitas largest threat is a large fishing net called a "gillnet". Fishermen use
One of the elusive beaked whales, the Sowerby’s beaked whale is named for James Sowerby (1757-1822), an artist primarily known
From the Michigan DNR: Southeast Lower Peninsula Lake Erie: A lot of undersize walleye have been caught. The bigger fish
By Blaise Jones Sharks are amazingly adapted animals, and nowhere is that more apparent than in their body structure. Though
Some of the animal life found in the South Atlantic Ocean includes: -TSF-
By Blaise Jones Sharks are a highly migratory species. While there are a few exceptions, sharks do not stay in
The Steller sea lion, also known as the northern sea lion, is the largest member of the Otariid (eared seal)
  Four hundred years ago, the astronomer Galileo's discovery of Jupiter's four large moons forever changed humanity's view of the
How long can a California Sea Lion hold his breath?   6 minutes 12 minutes 18 minutes   The longest
Dwarf sperm whales are in the family Kogiidae. They can reach lengths of up to about 9 feet (2.7 m) and
  By Amber Friend History is not something that we just read about in books; it's happening around us everyday
Sometimes a mistake is never forgotten and such is the legend of how the name for the minke whales began.
By Scott Rowan March 31, 2015 When I started The Super Fins, one of the first stipulations that I insisted our
By Blaise Jones Finding prey in the ocean is no easy task. The ocean is, in a word, big. Some
PHYLUM: Chordata CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Phocenidae GENUS: Phocoena SPECIES: dioptrica TOOTHED or TOOTHLESS (BALEEN): Toothed FRESHWATER, SALTERWATER or
Found only in the Arctic Ocean and nearby waters, the Narwhal (Monodon monoceros) lives beneath the ice, surfacing between cracks
The Arctic Tern earns the No. 1 spot for longest migration of any animal, covering a staggering 44,000 miles in
An oil seep is a natural leak of crude oil and gas that migrates up through the seafloor and ocean
By Blaise Jones The reproductive habits of sharks have long been a mystery to science. Early research into sharks focused
The Chilean Dolphin (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) is also known as the Black Dolphin. It earned the name Black Dolphin because the
Geodesists measure and monitor the Earth to determine the exact coordinates of any point. Using a wide variety of tools,
Round scars on the flank of a stranded female Gray's beaked whale (Mesoplodon grayi), probably from cookie-cutter shark bites. Photo credit: Avenue.
By Taylor Rudow When most people hear the word shark, the cookie cutter shark is not the image that comes
  By Blaise Jones In a related story, Blaise Jones explained that there are many other predators in the water
  While the exact purpose of the narwhal’s famous tusk or horn - which is actually a tooth that has
By Blaise Jones The teeth of all sharks are enlarged versions of their dermal denticles, which coat their skin. The
By Blaise Jones Yes. Chondrichthyes (sharks, stingrays, and chimera) are one of the most endangered groups of vertebrate animals on
By Scott A. Rowan Yes, you can get bored to death. Don't worry, however, you would need to be wading
Fraser's dolphins are members of the delphinid family. They are about 6-9 feet (2-2.7 m) long and weigh 350-450 pounds (160-210 kg).
By Amy Duncan March 4, 2015; 6:18 p.m. Everyday 500 million tweets are sent worldwide. Instead of seeing today’s photo
Adult male Leopard Seals are 2.8 to 3.3 m long and weigh up to 300 kg. Adult females are 2.9
All whales, dolphins and porpoises are cetaceans, which have two categories: toothed and baleen (toothless). Cetaceans live solely in the
The ribbon seal is one of nine species of ice seals inhabiting the Arctic and is the only species in
The opah is the only known fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its body. Not all fish are
By Earl Filskov March 8, 2015, 7:07 p.m. Humboldt Squid in Action / YouTube Approximately 100 miles off the coast
In late September, marine biologist David Gruber revealed the world's first recording of a reptile displaying bioflourescent behavior. The hawksbill sea
While it would be difficult to confuse most dolphins for a seal or sea lion, the Northern Right Whale Dolphin
A slough is a swamp or shallow lake system, usually a backwater to a larger body of water A slough
A thermocline is the transition layer between warmer mixed water at the ocean's surface and cooler deep water below. Bodies
By Blaise Jones For the most part sharks are lone hunters, only interacting with other members of their species in
Ringed seals are part of the "true seal" family Phocidae. The ringed seal is the smallest and most common seal
  By Blaise Jones While the sharks that swim through our oceans today are large and fearsome, like most animal
By Blaise Jones Sharks. Few things fascinate us more than these great creatures of the deep, and it’s easy to
The tusk of a narwhal is actually a long tooth that has grown beyond the jawline, erupting from the head

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