Info about creatures found in Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep, and DK’s Ocean The Definite Visual Guide
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to look at some more amazing sea creatures. Now, let’s begin!
- Spanish Dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus) Size: Up to 24 in Found: In shallow water on coasts and reefs (Parts of the Tropical Indian Ocean)
The Spanish Dancer is an incredibly beautiful creature of the sea. It is the largest type of sea slug, and comes in various colors. The creature gets its name from the undulating movements it makes in the water. Their diet consists mainly of sponges, and they are all hermaphrodites. When in danger, the Spanish Dancer will try to swim away, exposing its brightly colored body.
- Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyallarus) Size: Up to 6 in Found: In Indian and Pacific Oceans
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is a very bizarre creature with immense strength. This type of shrimp is named for its brightly colored body and long legs. When prey wanders too close, the Mantis Shrimp will strike with its legs at speeds up to 75 mph! This is combined with force 100 times the shrimp’s weight! Because of this feat, the Mantis Shrimp can easily take on prey larger than itself. That’s Insane!