Weird and Wonderful Sea Creatures (Every other Tuesday)

Info found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep and DK’s Ocean The Definite Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and this post is getting an upgrade. I’ll be expanding the subject to cover all marine life. The ocean is home to some of the most fascinating organisms, and I can’t wait to see what we uncover on this weeks’ dive.

  • Tasseled Wobbegong (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon) Size (Up to 4 1/2 ft) Weight (N/A) Depth Found (~130 ft) 

This incredibly strange shark is a master of disguise. When lying perfectly still, this fish resembles a seaweed-covered rock. Its mouth is outfitted with rows of needle-like teeth, and it’s also equipped with weed-like skin flaps. This fearsome predator attacks anything that wanders too close to its mouth. 

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  • Beaked Sea Snake (Enhydrina schistosa) Size (3 1/4-5 ft) Weight (Up to 4 1/2 lb) Found in (Shallow inshore waters) 

The Beaked Sea Snake is a notoriously aggressive and dangerous reptile. Its venom is strong enough to kill 50 people, and is responsible for 10 snakebite related deaths every year. The snake is blue-grey in color, and has a paddle like tail. Its diet consists of catfish and snakes. Despite their incredibly toxic venom, this species of snake still can fall victim to inshore predators, like fish and crocodiles.

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