Sunday, June 26, 2022

27 Sea Creatures With Hidden Talents

The heike ghani crab lives off the coast of japan and has a distinct pattern on its shell that looks like a human face more specifically the face of an angry samurai hence the nickname the samurai crab the scarlet striped cleaning shrimp is a natural hitchhiker it stands on the sea floor and waves its long antennae for fish and sea animals.

To go down and pick it up then it pays for the ride by cleaning the host from bacteria and plankton sea salts are often confused with jellyfish although they're closer to portuguese man-o-war they're very quick to mature growing from newborns to adults in less than 48 hours.

The galapagos islands are legendary they've got giant tortoises blue-footed boobies sally lightfoot crabs and red-lipped batfish but if you've ever swum around there you might have seen something really unexpected in the water iguanas everywhere these large marine reptiles eat the algae that grow on underwater rocks they're strict.

Vegetarians i bet the fish are happy about that a long flat tail designed for swimming helps them move around and sharp claws keep them on the rocks for their daily sunbathing sessions but watch them closely they sneeze a lot they haven't got a cold or anything they're sneezing out salt.

A special gland keeps the salt out of their nose and they've got to get rid of it somehow sounds painful what's cool is that they don't mind us in the water with them because the islands have been so isolated the creatures here aren't afraid of humans fish can fly too thanks to their wing-like fins flying.

Fish can soar a distance of about 600 feet almost as long as two football fields they need flight to escape from predators the skeleton shrimp could be the stuff of nightmares if it wasn't so tiny as it is it looks like a steak insect but almost completely transparent.

This creature looks more like a fish from a horror movie than from earth's oceans the sea devil anglerfish resides at a whopping depth of 3200 feet and has no shortage of weird features razor sharp teeth a misshapen body and an unsettling stare but perhaps the creepiest thing about.

The sea devil anglerfish is the way it catches its prey it has a fishing rod type appendage on its forehead that has a glowing light attached to the end to attract animals once these animals come close enough to the light bam they're captured by the sea devil's massive jaws these guys are even capable of eating.

Prey larger than they are so their eyes aren't bigger than their stomachs starfish can cover their prey with their stomachs and eat it outside its body then they simply bring their stomachs back inside well that's handy their relatives sea cucumbers can do the same party trick except that they leave part of their guts behind to scare their.

Attacker it's okay the missing parts quickly grow back cockatoo squids or glass squids are a large genus whose members can reach quite impressive size yet one thing they have in common is that their bodies are transparent and the internal organs glow in the dark despite the hairy octopus looking like.

It's forgotten to comb its hair in the morning it's actually its skin that's sticking in every direction other sea creatures have a harder time realizing where the octopus itself is this way i guess the hairy squat lobster lives in reefs hiding from its enemies and crevices if you're lucky to see it you'll instantly.

Notice the drastic difference between its whitish hairs and vibrant pink and violet claws if you step on a sea urchin you're gonna know right away look at those spikes while they're not aggressive they've got a great defense going against any creature that wants to eat them venomous spikes and a poisonous bite.

Pick your poison literally they live in all the oceans of the world so avoiding them is out of the question they mostly hang out in shallow water hiding in rock pools and reefs so unmindful people step on them a lot the long venomous spikes of the urchin look like needles they feel like them too they can go in quite deep plus they.

Release a strong toxin so what's the cure remove the spikes quickly and wash with salt water sea turtles are constantly crying they're not sad or anything the weeping is only because they excrete excess salts from their body through their tears.

Box jellyfish tentacles grow up to 10 feet long and each tentacle has 5 000 stinging cells not bad for a creature that's mostly just water their venom is strong enough to paralyze anything they want to eat now if you happen to get stung it's going to hurt a lot its toxins contain.

Proteins that affect the heart skin cells and even our nervous system no wonder it's considered one of the most dangerous creatures on the planet i wouldn't recommend using sunscreen soda coffee or other older methods they don't work your best bet is some good old-fashioned seawater looks like jellyfish are the rulers of the ocean.

Not sharks the margin sea lizard isn't an actual lizard it's a kind of sea slug that dwells close to the water surface it swims upside down and somersaults to get food and let's admit it looks very cute when some foreign object gets into an oyster shell be it a grain of sand a parasite or garbage the thing irritates.

The mollusk's inner walls since the animal can't spit the item out it envelops it in thin layers that separate from the body these pearlescent layers accumulate until they form a round pearl in the past people believed that pearls were the tears of mermaids now we know they're just some decorated debris.

Dolphins have highly developed communication they call each other by name each dolphin responds to a specific sound mostly they say stop calling me flipper the orca is the largest of dolphin species and they actually have different cultures.

Two orcas from different social groups won't even understand each other's language they're the only animal known to do this i wonder if they developed any google translate for dolphins the banded shrimp or banded boxing shrimp was really aptly named it's got bands of color all over its body and always stands in a boxer-like.

Ready-to-strike pose the brown-lined paper bubble is another sea slug and it definitely looks like one it's got a special ability though it can quickly burrow holes in the sea floor hiding from enemies inside them the snake fish as the name implies looks a lot like a snake but it has a very distinctive feature it can walk on its.

Fins thanks to this peculiarity it easily crawls from one waterbed to another choosing habitats more to its liking on the way a snake fish can get hungry for sure so it often munches on small birds and rodents it can grow quite big though and hunt even larger animals how much weirder can it get than to walk.

Through the woods and suddenly see a huge and toothy fish stalking some rabbit the alligator snapping turtle catches its prey by going fishing its tongue looks like a worm and the turtle waits with its mouth wide open at the bottom of a stream lake or pond until some unsuspecting fish takes the.

Bait then snap the jaws come together faster than the blink of an eye and dinner is served the mossy jellyfish is normally invisible in the dark abyss where it dwells but when exposed to light it will reflect it and shine beautifully the black swallower might be small but make no mistake it could easily gulp.

Down your favorite puppy it can open its mouth extremely wide allowing it to swallow prey twice its size the african tiger fish will eat whatever it finds and given its own size and that of its monstrous teeth you can imagine it finds a lot of food it mostly feeds on other fish but when.

Nutrition is scarce it can jump out of the water and catch both insects and small birds right in the middle of the flight it's not so big as to eat a human of course but the name should warn you that it can easily take a bite out of your arm or leg your brain controls your arms and legs.

But with an octopus each arm is actually kind of independent with its own special brain held together by a bigger central brain kinda like the conductor of an orchestra the central brain sends higher level signals to each arm saying things like move to the left there's a crab behind the corner or touch this silly human's.

Foot let's mess with him a little bit no matter how smart their arms and legs might be an octopus still needs to look after them all the time

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