Archive for the 'Underwater World' Category

Goliath Tiger Fish – The African Monster Fish

goliath-tiger-fish-e28093-the-african-monster-fishGoliath tiger fish, such as the one seen above, are among the uniquely adapted “monster fish” of the Congo River, which winds through several African countries A recent, unprecedented river run on the Congo yielded a raft of new discoveries, including different species–some potentially new–in nearly every nook and cranny, scientists announced this week. Continue Reading »

Chain Eel – a.k.a. Chainlink Moray Eel

chain-eel-e28093-aka-chainlink-moray-eelThe Chain Moray Eel, also known as the Chainlink Moray Eel, or simply, the Chain Eel, has a white to yellow body with handsome brown, black, or gray chain markings. Continue Reading »

Stingray – Insect with a Poisonous Barb

stingray-e28093-insect-with-a-poisonous-barbDasyatidae

The stingray’s tail features a poisonous barb, which is used only in self-defense. Stingrays are generally docile and will swim close to divers and snorkelers without fear. Continue Reading »

Giant Sea Scorpion Living in Madagascar

giant-sea-scorpion-living-in-madagascarGiant Sea Scorpion. 15-inch, Madagascar - About 400 million years ago, deadly giant scorpions ruled the sea of the world. Some of them are bigger than 6-feet. Today, its close relative is only 15-inches long. The breeding program of this extremely rare sea animal has been undertaken by the New York Aquarium. Continue Reading »

Box Jellyfish Also Known As Box Fish

box-jellyfish-also-known-as-box-fishThe box jellyfish is also known as box fish and sea wasp. It has one of the fastest working toxins and kills more people each year than any other marine animal.

The box jellyfish (sea wasp) is primarily a problem in Australia. Australia is subjected to a box jellyfish season that usually lasts from October to April, and box jellyfish are also known to regularly swarm along Hawaii’s leeward shores 9-10 days after a full moon. Continue Reading »

The Extremely Poisonous Blue-Ringed Octopus

Physalia physalisFirst you will feel nauseous. Your vision becomes hazy. Within seconds you are blind. You lose your sense of touch. You cannot speak or swallow. Three minutes later you are paralyzed and unable to breath.

You knew that the blue-ringed octopus is extremely poisonous but how were you to know that this was one when its tiny parrot-like beak bit through your wetsuit. The last thing the victim sees are the blue rings – visible only when it is about to attack. Continue Reading »

Bluebottle Inhabiting Australian Waters

bluebottle-inhabiting-australian-watersBluebottles have a float or bottle-shaped blue sac, which sits on the water’s surface. They have many string-like tentacles hanging down from the float.

Bluebottles live in the oceans around Australia. They eat fish, small crabs and plankton. Continue Reading »

Stone Fish – Features Venomous Spines on Its Back

stone-fish-e28093-features-venomous-spines-on-its-backSpecies - Synanceja trachynis, Synaneichthyes verrucosus

Description

The Stone Fish is a mottled brown-greenish in colour (which gives them camouflage) with many venomous spines along its back. Continue Reading »

The Coffin Fish – Inhabiting the Bottom of the Ocean

the-coffin-fish-e28093-inhabiting-the-bottom-of-the-oceanThe Coffin fish is a bottom-dwelling fish that can be found almost anywhere in the world. These curious looking fish walk along the bottom of the sea floor using their leg-like fins to crawl around. Continue Reading »

The Very Rare Megamouth Shark

the-very-rare-megamouth-sharkThe megamouth shark is an extremely rare and unusual species. When the first megamouth was captured in 1976, a new shark family, genus and species, Megachasma pelagios, had to be instituted. Only a few have ever been seen, with 40 specimens known to have been caught or sighted as of 2008, ranging through the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Like the basking shark and whale shark, it is a filter feeder, and swims with its enormous mouth wide open, filtering water for plankton and jellyfish. However, the megamouth is considered to be less active and a poorer swimmer than the basking or whale sharks due to its flabby body, soft fins, asymmetrical tail and lack of keels. Continue Reading »

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