Ringing day 2 of the New Year with wonders of the aquatic animal world.
In honor of 2022, here are 22 timeless facts to help you celebrate.
1. No bones here
2. A warm fur coat
Sea otters have the densest fur of any animal with up to 1 million hairs per square inch.
3. No can opener needed
Otters use tools like rocks to help them break hard-to-open food like clams and shells.
4. Keeping vegetarian
Adult green sea turtles are the only herbivorous sea turtles, meaning they eat only plants like seagrasses and algae.
5. Bad feather day
Instead of shedding a few feathers at a time like other birds, penguins lose their feathers all at once a few times a year in what’s called a “catastrophic molt.” It takes about two to three weeks for a penguin's feathers to fully regrow.
8. Not a plant
Corals are animals. Small coral polyps, each with a mouth and a stomach, grow and divide to form large colonies that are the building blocks of coral reefs. Corals are related to animals like jellies and sea anemones.
9. Canaries of the sea
10. Many arms
Sea stars typically have five arms, but some species can have up to 40. They also can regenerate lost arms.
11. Group trip
Cownose rays make marathon mass migrations. In the Gulf of Mexico, schools of as many as 10,000 rays migrate from the waters off Florida's west coast down and around to Yucatan. Cownose rays are also found along the coast of West Africa.
12. Barking and roaring
California sea lions are very social and vocal animals. They can "roar" like lions, hence their common name, and can also sound like barking dogs.
13. Fast swimmers
Pacific white-sided dolphins can swim up to 25 miles per hour and can jump 20 feet out of the water.
14. 95% water. 100% Amazing.
Jellies do not have hearts, bones or brains and are made up of 95 percent sea water. They can be found in every ocean on the planet.
Each arm of a giant Pacific octopus has 280 suction cups that are individually controlled to feel, grasp, release and rotate. Each sucker also contains chemical sensors that let the octopus taste and smell its environment.
16. Skin breather
Amphibians absorb water and breathe air through their permeable skin, meaning liquids and gases can pass through it. This makes them susceptible to toxic pollutants in their environment.
17. Clever 'gator
American alligators use tools to hunt. During spring, when marsh birds are searching for nesting materials, alligators deliberately collect twigs and sticks on top of their snouts, then sit and wait for the birds to come near.
18. On land and river
Dwarf caimans are semiaquatic reptiles. They are able to swim and spend time in the water, in trees and on land throughout their lives. They have a third, clear eyelid that acts as goggles when swimming underwater.
19. "Living fossils"
Clouded archerfish and smallscale archerfish, freshwater fish native to Asia, are known for their ability to “spit” water out of their mouths to hit prey with considerable force. They can also leap 11 inches out of the water to catch insects in their mouths.
21. The king of crabs
The Tasmanian king crab is one of the world’s largest crabs. A female’s outer shell, called a carapace, can be larger than a football, and the crab can weigh 15 pounds. The males can be twice as large at 30 pounds.
22. Ears or feathers?
Great horned owls’ feather tufts are called plumicorns. They are often mistaken for ears, but owls’ ears - or auditory pits - are hidden behind the feathers on either side of their head. The ear holes are slightly offset, with one higher than the other, for owls to perfectly pinpoint where sounds are coming from.
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