More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea ( Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide and Claire Nouvian’s book, The Deep

Hello fellow Marine Biologists!  It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more incredible creatures. Now, let’s dive!

  • Mauve Stinger (Pelagia noctiluca) Diameter: Up to 5 in Habitat: Open water near the surface of the ocean 

The Mauve Stinger is a very dynamic type of jellyfish. This creature can produce bioluminescent light shows, which are admired by people passing by. As the name suggests, this jellyfish’s sting is quite painful. It produces luminous mucus which causes its stingers to glow with intense light. Unlike most jellyfish, this species’ life cycle doesn’t have a fixed stage.

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  • Squarenose Helmetfish (Scopelogadus beanii) Size: 12 cm Depths Found: 800-4000 m

The Helmetfish is named after the armor that was worn by medieval knights. It has two very strange holes which are this creature’s nostrils. The white strands covering this fishes head is a network of sensory canals. 

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More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means!  Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more fascinating creatures. Now, let’s dive!

  • Sailor’s Eyeball (Valonia ventricosa) Size: Up to 4 cm  Habitat: Rock and coral to 100 ft

The Sailor’s Eyeball is a very odd species of seaweed. They look like dark green marbles and consist of a large cell attached to a substrate by a bunch of filaments. Young plants have a bluish sheen. It reproduces in a very odd way, in which the daughter cell is created within the parent cell. 

 

  • Bignose Unicornfish (Naso vlamingii) Size: Up to 24 in Depth: 3-165 ft 

Unicornfish are very strange fish with horn-like projections on their foreheads. This particular species has a bulbous snout in place of said projection. They have bony plates on the base of their tails, which are sharp like knifes. These plates are used for protection against predators. They’re usually dark with blue streaks, and can pale into a silvery gray.

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More Fascinating Creatures of the Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to go on another marine adventure. Now, let’s dive!

  • Nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) Size: The shell can be a maximum of 8 in Typically found in: Tropical open waters up to 1,600 ft 

The Nautilus is an absolutely incredible type of Cephalopod. The five remaining species started as a numerous group nearly 65 million years ago. They are commonly referred to as “living fossils” due to the nearly non-existant change in anatomy. The creature has a hard shell as a defense against predators, and uses its 90 tentacles to catch prey. It moves through the water using jet propulsion and lays about twelve eggs per year.

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  •  Giant Brain Coral (Colpophyllia natans) Diameter: Up to a whopping 16 ft Depths Found: 3-180 ft in the seaward side of coral reefs 

This incredibly strange species of coral has an very long life span that extends 100 years. It is named after the brain shaped ridges and long valleys that run along its top. The colonies attract a lot of tourists, and some small fish, like gobies, make a permanent home in its massive frame.

 

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More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean: The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a  look at some more sea creatures. Now, let’s begin!

  • Bubble Shell (Bullina lineata) Length: 1 in Found: Sand and on reefs up to 65 ft 

The Bubble Shell is a species of mollusk that has a gorgeous florescent blue body. It defends itself by regurgitating food and withdrawing into its shell. Like most mollusks, The Blue Shell is a hermaphrodite.

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  • Harlequin Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) Length: Up to 28 in Depths Found In :3-100 ft 

The Sweetlips is a deep-bodied fish with small spots. They group up together at dusk, and get cleaned by wrasse. The fish gets its name from its large lips, which are used to hunt for prey in the sand.

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More Fascinating Creatures of the Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what means! Yes, it’s time to look at some more dynamic sea creatures. Now, let’s go for a dive!

  • Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) Size: Up to 2 1/2 in Depths Found: 3-60 ft in tropical waters of the southwestern Pacific 

The Mandarinfish is one of the most colorful of all sea creatures found in coral reefs. Its skin is covered in a special slime that has a distinctively bitter taste. This is used for defense against predators. The species is a very popular among aquariums, however they are quite difficult to maintain.

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  • Dugong (Dugong dugon) Size: 8-13 ft Depths Found: Coastal Shallows

Dugongs are incredibly weird creatures of the sea. They are blimp-shaped sea animals with crescent-shaped tails and broad heads. They feed on sea grass, and use their long snouts to find resources in the mud. Unfortunately, Dugongs are extinct around the Mediterranean. However, the population is thriving in Australia.

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More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creatures found in DK’s Ocean The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to go for another dive, Now, let’s get started!

  • Sea Apple (Pseudocolochirus violaceus) Length: Up to 4in Depths Found: 0-100 ft Lives in: Rocks and Reefs

The Sea Apple is the most colorful species of Sea Cucumber. It resembles an aquatic apple with long tentacles. The Sea Apple has tube-like feet, which it uses to trap particles. This is used as a food source.

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  • Blackfin Icefish (Chaenocephalus aceratus) Length: Up to 28in Weight: Up to 7 1/2 ft Depths: 16-2,500ft around northern Antartica

The Blackfin Icefish is a very unique sea creature that lives in -2Oc water. It is very sluggish, and feeds on krill. The fish doesn’t have red blood cells, and this makes it move freely in freezing temperatures.

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More Fascinating Creatures Of The Sea (Every Other Tuesday)

Creature Info Found In DK’s Ocean The Definitive Visual Guide

Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to go on another dive. Now, let’s get started!

  • Coffinfish (Chaunax endeavouri) Length: Up to 9 in Depths Found: 160-1,000 ft 

The Coffinfish is a species of Anglerfish that resembles a small, pink balloon. They can inflate their bodies to appear larger than their actual size.  The history of the Coffinfish is almost unknown. They seem to like quiet muddy areas near the bottom of the ocean.

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  • Reef Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus) Length: 8-16 in Depths Found: 16-295 ft

The Reef Lizardfish is a very colorful creature of the sea. It has a very large mouth filled with rows of sharp teeth. Its bright colors allow it to camouflage its body in coral reefs. They are a common food of reef fishermen.

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