The Basking shark is the second largest shark in the open ocean (following behind the whale Zaharias). The reason for the basking sharks name is its hobby of being in the sun. It is area lily slow ocean specimen. Even though the basking shark is a slow creature, it is able to jump out of the water (a rare sight indeed) to discard of any parasites that. Ight be on it. Jumping out of the water must a feat because 1/4 of the basking sharks entire weight is due to its massive liver. Basking sharks are filter feeders, meaning that they eat everything that comes into their open mouth. s1.thingpic.com
The killer whale, or Orcinus orca, are not actually whales, but dolphins who kill whales. This is because they have teeth that grow up to four feet. Orcas are at the top of the food chain and only hunted by humans. These animals are recognized by their white and black pattern and dorsal fins on their backs. When in captivity, a majority of their orca’s dorsal fins flop to one side. You can see this in places like Sea World (who claim that more than 50% of orcas are like this in the wild), but this dorsal fin change only occurs in >1% of orcas in the wild. Orcas can grow up to be 23 to 32 feet long and weigh 6 tons. To be able to stay under the water for a longer period of time, killer whales have their blowhole closed and can only be opened by contracting the muscular flap over it. s1.thingpic.com
The brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) are a species of pelicans found in Anacapa Island, the only pelican that is never found more than 20 miles away from the water. They are recognized by their long beaks (that can grow up anyway from 23 to 34 cm) with a hooked tip, and large pouch. The large pouch helps the pelican hold the food it catches. With a wingspan of two meters, these birds can soar very well when the stay low over the water. To catch prey, the pelicans scoop their fish into their beak and later swallow them when they drain the water out. These fish are usually anchovies or sardines. s3.thingpic.com
Phytoplankton is the most basic unit level of life.These creature are the base of the food chain. Being the base of the food chain they are consumed by predators and those predators get consumed and so on so that the other creatures attain the necessary resources that are produced by phytoplankton. These phytoplankton are able to transform sunlight energy into necessary sugars through photosynthesis. the scientific name of phytoplankton is Phyton planktos meaning plant (Phyton) and wandering (plangktos). Some nicknames that these autotrophs have been given to them are: “Grass of the Oceans”, “Lungs of the Earth”. the phytoplankton have chloroplasts in them, letting them create sugars through photosynthesis. s2.thingpic.com
Seaweed is a multicellular marine algae. The most simplest form of seaweed is cyanobacteria (blue-green algae. seaweed can be found nearest the shore in shallow waters and usually growing as threadlike filaments, irregular sheets, or branching fronds. The brown algae (division phaeophyta), in which brown pigment masks the green of the chlorophyll, are the most numerous of the seaweeds of temperate and polar regions. Seaweeds reproduce in a variety of ways. Lower types reproduce asexually. More advanced kinds produce motile zoospores that swim off, anchor themselves, and grow into new individuals, or they reproduce sexually by forming sex cells (gametes) that, after fusing, follow the same pattern "seaweed." s1.thingpic.com
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