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  • Fun Facts About Hermit Crabs
    June 1, 2021

    Fun Facts About Hermit Crabs

    Hermit crabs are fascinating little critters with quite a few surprises. These crustaceans belong to the superfamily Paguroidea. There are 7 different families and around 1100 species of hermit crabs living in many places around the world. All hermit crabs can be divided into two groups - aquatic and terrestrial. Interestingly, members of both groups breathe using gills. Aquatic hermit crabs get their oxygen from the water, while land hermit crabs need a humid environment to keep their gills moist. Marine hermit crabs can be found both in shallow coastal waters and in the deep sea.

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  • Jellyfish: Facts and Fiction
    May 27, 2021

    Jellyfish: Facts and Fiction

    November 3 is the World Jellyfish Day, and we have decided to celebrate the event by recalling some of the most interesting facts and debunking common misconceptions about these fascinating creatures. So, let’s get started!
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  • Manatee vs. Dugong - What’s the Difference?
    May 26, 2021

    Manatee vs. Dugong - What’s the Difference?

    Both manatees and dugongs, nicknamed "sea cows", are slow-moving herbivorous (mostly) marine mammals that belong to the Sirenian animal order. The first sailors were persuaded that these creatures were sirens (or mermaids), hence the name of the order. There are five known species of Sirenia - the West Indian manatee, the Amazonian manatee, the West African manatee, the dugong, and the extinct Stellar’s sea cow (hunted to extinction in the 18th Century). Although manatees and dugongs have a lot in common, they are oceans apart in terms of location, biology, and behavior.
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  • Coral Etiquette 101 - Reefs Are Not Rocks
    May 25, 2021

    Coral Etiquette 101 - Reefs Are Not Rocks

    Coral reefs worldwide are attracting increasing numbers of scuba divers, snorkelers and freedivers. Unfortunately, those same visitors who come to admire them are often causing damage to corals and the marine life they support. One of the reasons for this is the lack of knowledge and/or proper training. People often forget or don't care to pay attention to the marine life around them. Some don't even realize that corals are living organisms.
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  • Squid vs. Octopus - What’s the Difference?
    May 25, 2021

    Squid vs. Octopus - What’s the Difference?

    Octopuses and Squid are both head-footed aquatic animals that fall under the molluscan class Cephalopoda. Both these creatures live in salt water, their blood is blue due to the presence of copper in it, they have three hearts each, and, quite frankly, look a lot alike. However, if you dig deeper into their anatomy and how they function, you’ll see that they differ in their physical characteristics, habitat, and behavior.
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  • The Blue-Ringed Octopus: Cute but Deadly
    May 18, 2021

    The Blue-Ringed Octopus: Cute but Deadly

    The Blue-Ringed Octopus, affectionately called the BRO, is a very special little creature. Its beautiful psychedelic coloring makes this cephalopod a highly sought after subject for many underwater photographers and naturalists. However, behind the adorable exterior is something even more extraordinary - a venom that is 1,000 times more powerful than cyanide and that has earned this shy octopus a spot among the most lethal creatures of the sea.
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