Hagfish are strange animals that make large amounts of slime, which many people find disgusting. The slime contains strong protein threads that may be useful for making fabric. The intact material may be helpful for us in other ways.
If you are worried about the possible presence of dangerous sharks in British waters, you may feel somewhat reassured by how few there really are. Out of the 29 different types of sharks that have been spotted around Britain's coastline, there are only 7 potentially dangerous sharks, not including the great white whose sightings have never yet been confirmed, but are highly suspected of being present.
Basking sharks are the second biggest fish in the oceans, and are to be found in all temperate seas of the world. Harmless plankton eaters, basking sharks spend their summers slowly swimming around on or near the surface of the water with their mouths open, filtering plankton and small fishes from the seas. In winter, they dive to great depths in the deepest oceans where they continue to feed off plankton from the foot of water columns.
Coral bleaching is an event in which corals lose their pigment and main source of food. It often causes corals to die. Oxybenzone in sunscreens may contribute to coral bleaching.
The difference between the colossal and giant squid, the real sea monsters that spawned the kraken legend, is about more than just size!
Find the best facts about echinoderms right here! Ten fun facts for whatever your needs! You'll be learning about Echinoderms in no time!
Bowhead whales live in the Arctic, break through ice to breathe, and sing intriguing and beautiful songs. They have a large head with a huge, bow-shaped mouth.
Two amazing phenomena in nature are the annual migration of millions of red crabs on Christmas Island and the "everlasting" Catatumbo lightning in Venezuela.
Learn facts about the real Megalodon shark and get answers to frequently asked questions about the biggest shark that ever existed!
The Knysna Seahorse owns several characteristics that makes it unique among seahorses. These special and delicate creatures face extinction in the wild due to unusual habitat and their popularity in the ornamental fish trade.
The ochre sea star is a colourful invertebrate. Unfortunately, its population has been seriously affected by a wasting disease. The condition causes the body to disintegrate into a goo as though it's melting.
Lobsters are interesting animals to observe and study in a natural setting. They are popular food items, but the way in which we kill them is controversial.
Chimaeras are strange fish that are sometimes known as ratfish, rabbitfish, elephant fish, or rhinochimaeras. The lines on their surface often look like seams.
The Mariana Trench is the deepest place in the ocean and contains some fascinating animals. NOAA has made some exciting discoveries about life in the trench.
Discover the biggest sharks in the world! Do they really deserve to be feared? Read this before you head off to the beach!
With their dark eyes, sharp teeth and fearsome reputation, all sharks are ruthless killers...aren't they?
Polar Bears live primarily near the North Pole, where they hunt seals for their blubber to survive. They are created to survive this cold environment and are adept swimmers.
There are many fascinating and beautiful types of mollusks. This page is packed with pictures and facts on the kinds you can easily find, plus some that you might want to avoid at all costs.
Marine compounds that were once known to be toxic to humans have now become life-saving drugs. Many of these are used either as anticancer drugs or to relieve pain in cancer.
If you've ever wondered what types of sharks live in British waters, you might be surprised to learn just how many there are. Read about those sharks, a little about their normal habitat, and whether or not they are dangerous.
Some sharks produce beautiful patterns of light in a process called biofluorescence. The light emission may have important functions.
Sardines and herring are nutritious foods. The behaviour of the living fish is interesting to study, however. They live in groups and communicate with their companions.
Pacific white-sided dolphins are intelligent and very social animals. This article describes the lives of the wild dolphins and of some rescued animals in captivity.
A complete list of all the sharks found in the Mediterranean Sea, with a separate list of sharks dangerous to humans.
The animals of the sea are playful and beautiful in their own special way. Learn about these remarkable aquatic animals - some of the largest in the world - manatees and dugongs.
The unexplored bottom of the ocean floor is home to a plethora of weird and creepy sea creatures who never see the sun. In this Hub I list ten of them, and explain exactly what makes them so creepy.
Colourful fish attract human beings. Having fish at home aquarium, watching them in fish aquariums or venturing to snorkelling, all provide opportunities for enjoying and having peace and serenity.
The mucus that covers fish has several functions, including protection from multiple dangers and serving as food for young fish. The substance may also be useful for us.
Our list of the top 10 weirdest deep sea creatures will take you to the depths of the ocean floor and explore some of the strangest looking creatures on the planet, above or below the water.
The different types of shark that fill the oceans are fascinating animals. They have been around a long while but are still top predators...
A hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin has recently been discovered in the wild. The two parent species and the hybrid are intriguing animals to observe and study.
Some think there are none, but this is a complete listing of all recorded shark attacks in British waters which may surprise you!
A starfish ripped into pieces can grow a new starfish from each piece. What more could you possibly want to find the perfect science nonfiction monster living among us? Find out here.
Second Beach at Port St John's, South Africa, has earned the reputation of being the most dangerous beach in the world for shark attacks, after suffering 6 fatalities in just six years.
Invertebrates are diverse forms of animals. Here are nine (9) major groups of invertebrate animals and the most common examples of invertebrates under each type. There are also pictures of different major groups of invertebrate animals.
Seeing an Orca in the wild is an experience you will absolutely never forget. They are incredibly intelligent animals and very social in their own environment. Respect them at a silent distance.
Octopuses have fascinating abilities. Some have fins that help them move. Others demonstrate intelligence. The genome of one species is very unusual.
The frilled shark is a strange, deep water shark with a wide head, a huge mouth, and a long, eel-like body. It’s caught as bycatch and is near threatened.
Narwhals are strange and fascinating Arctic whales. The males—and sometimes the females—have a very long tooth that grows through their lip, forming a tusk.
Pyrosomes are strange creatures that swim in the ocean and are bioluminescent. They are undergoing a puzzling population increase off the west coast of North America.
Phytoplankton are the microscopic plants that live on the surface of every body of water and provide food for most creatures living in their habitats
Top predators, such as sharks, are vital to the health of all ecosystems, but they are being hunted and killed close to extinction.
The wonderpus octopus is a beautiful animal found around Indonesia and Malaysia. It resembles a mimic octopus, which has an amazing ability to mimic other animals.
Find out why the fake Megalodon search aired by the Discovery Channel for Shark Week 2013 ticked off a lot of people, and why the hoax matters.
Most of the top 10 worst shark attacks in the world involved maritime shipping disasters where people were thrown into shark-infested waters.
Killer whales, also known as orcas, are part of the dolphin family and can live anywhere saltwater is present.
Cuttlefish are spectacular animals, cunning and curious, with a strange beauty. They possess amazing camouflage abilities a chameleon wishes it had, and are the world's most intelligent invertebrate. This article will tell you why the cuttlefish is my favorite animal.