In the depths of the ocean lies a Wild Water world, full of creatures big and small. Learn all about the animals that inhabit our waterways, and their fascinating facts that help to protect them every day!
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Coming from Eastern US Waters, the Atlantic Wolffish is important in keeping the populations of green crab and sea urchin from being disruptive to habitats.
Make natural anti-freeze to keep their blood moving in very cold habitats
They have strong wolf-like jaws that are ideal for eating sea clams, cockles
and large whelks
In Mexico City’s Lake Xochimilco, the Axolotl adult remains aquatic and gilled instead of developing lungs to breath like other salamanders.
Considered one of the most critically endangered species in the wild
Based on a Aztec myth, its name comes from the Xolotl, God of all
things grim — Cool Myth!
Beluga Sturgeon females are fished for their valuable roe, commonly called caviar. This slows down the life cycle of a species that can live up to 110 years.
The largest freshwater fish with a record of 7.2 meters long
Beluga Sturgeon products from the Caspian Sea are banned in the US
Bigeye Tuna are found in tropical and temperate, but not the Mediterranean Sea. Every year hundreds of metric tonnes of Bigeye Tuna are caught for food production.
Can weigh up to 400 pounds and be 8 feet long
They can have 13 to 14 dorsal spines
Coming from the south coast of South Africa, this honey-colored Hippocampus has only been found in a few brackish water habitats.
Also known as the Knysna Seahorse
Closely related the Hippocampus kuda
Giant Australian Cuttlefish
Giant cuttlefish have been seen mostly on the southern coast of Seal Australia. These opportunistic and carnivorous predators display color and pattern changing to confuse its prey.
World’s largest cuttlefish species
Using chromatophores they can change colors in an instant
Giant River Otter
River Otter comes from South American where it has been seen living in the river areas of the Amazon.
The longest member of the weasel family
The noisiest otter species using vocalization to communicate and show
aggression and reassurance
Golden Coin Turtle
Coming from Southern China and Vietnam, this freshwater turtle has been used for local medicine for centuries.
One of the most endangered species of Turtles in the world
Wild caught males have been sold illegally for up to $20,000
Eaten in China for more than 1000 years, this coastal calcareous cucumber is now under threat and is still being eaten today.
Closely related to starfish and sea urchins
They have a cluster of feeding tentacles at one end surrounding the mouth
Great Hammerhead Shark
This large ocean dweller is named after the Greek word, Sphyrna (hammer) for its distinctive wing-like head. It is heavily fished for its large fins to make soup for special occasions like weddings.
As long as 20 feet and the female can make up to 55 pups every two years
As an APEX predator this shark likes to hunt alone and prefers the taste
Hanging out in large numbers, on the West Coast to Mexico, the Leopard shark loves shallow waters and being with other Leopard Sharks.
Leopard Sharks, also called Zebra Sharks and can be up to 5 feet long
They sometimes surf onto mudflats to eat and ride back on the
Head and tail and nothing but fat inbetween, Sun Fish eat lots of jellyfish to maintain their bulk.
The female can produce up to 300 million eggs at a time
The heaviest known bony fish in the world
Saimaa Ringed Seal
Coming from Finland, these seals lived in isolation for 9500 years and descended into a subspecies after the last ice age land raise.
The most endangered species of Seal in the world
They only live in one area of Finland called Lake Saimaa
Short Nosed Sea Snake
These northern coast of Western Australia snakes have been on a steady decline due to trawler fishing and increased boat traffic.
Male Sea snakes have two reproductive organs
Oxygen is absorbed through their skins to rid themselves of marine
parasites and organisms
These rare and critically endangered benthic fish have been seen to be walking with their hand-like fins across the ocean bottom.
Females lay from 80 to 250 eggs vertical objects like sea grass and sponges
Their eggs are preyed upon by introduced starfish
Tasmanian Giant Freshwater Crayfish
Weighing up to 6kg these freshwater crawlers are native to Tasmania and have been prohibited to catch since 1998.
The largest freshwater invertebrate in the world
They have been recorded to survive for up to 60 years
Based mainly out of the south-east Corner of the Murray-Darling, the Trout Cod’s numbers are quickly declining.
Can weigh up to 16kg and be as long 80 centimeters
Closely related to the Murray Cod with prehistoric relatives
Yellow Eyed Penguin
New Zealand’s Yellow-eyed Penguins are benthic divers, foraging for food at the bottoms of the Ocean.
Known to take long walks to forage for food up to 25km a day
One of the world’s rarest penguins species