10 Fascinating Facts About Marine Life

5. Swellsharks

Swellsharks

The small 3-foot swellshark is a bottom feeder shark with an… interesting defense mechanism. Appropriately named, the swell shark, when threatened, sucks water into sacs around its belly, making it up to twice its normal size, it then bends around to grab its tail in its mouth. Why? It creates something remarkably difficult to eat, especially wedged into the rocky crevices where is typically lives.

4. Pompeii Worms Have A Living Shield

Pompeii Worms

Long considered the most heat-tolerant animals on Earth, the Pompeii worm has since been defrauded. The worm lives in the 176 degree water located around volcanic vents on the floor of the East Pacific Rise. Its survival method is a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that surrounds the worm like a fireman’s blanket to absorb some of the heat and the bacteria feed on a mucous layer that the bacteria feed off of.

3. Anguilla Eels Can Walk on Land

Anguilla Eels

The European eel, or Anguilla eel, is an inhabitant of the lakes and waterways of norther Europe and the UK. However, they do not always stay in these waterways and are able to cross dry land for short intervals of time in order to feed and migrate. While the eel species will spend almost 20 years in the same lake, they are born and die nearly 4,000 miles away in the Sargasso Sea.

2. The World’s Largest Migration Happens Every Day

Sealife, sea life migration

The Sargasso Sea is a unique body of water created and bordered by the Gulf Stream, the North Atlantic Current, and the Canary Current. A nearly self-sufficient ecosystem, floating seaweed called sargassum covers the sea’s surface, providing food and shelter for thousands of species. Every night, over 5,000 species and millions of sea creatures come to the surface to feed.

1. Google Street View: Oceans

Google Street View

Want to take a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, but lack the funds? Just hop on Google Street View: Oceans. The project is part publicity stunt and part science project open to the public to enjoy and watch the changes happening in the habitat of nearly 25% of all marine life.

Sea life is fascinating and beautiful, but some of the things they can do is just plain astounding!

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