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The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean basin. At over 59 million square miles, the Pacific is over sixteen times larger than the entire surface area of the United States.
You may have known that corals are living animals but did you know that they have a partnership with algae living inside of them? Algae known as zooxanthellae (zo-zan- thel-ay) live in the coral’s tissue. The coral gives the algae protection and nutrients while the algae provide food and oxygen to the coral in return. When two living organisms help each other out like this we call it a symbiotic relationship.
Nudibranchs are a type of sea slug whose name means “naked gill” and they have some crazy ways of living. They come in many shapes and colors and can be found both in reefs and sandy ocean floors. One kind of nudibranch can eat a toxic sponge and store the poison in its own body, giving it a new defense mechanism. Another type farms algae within its body and uses the algae to make food for itself from the sun.
Despite their misleading name, sea cucumbers are not vegetables of any kind. These slow moving, soft bodied relatives of starfish and sea urchins live on the sea floor eating organic particles and microscopic marine animals. Sea cucumbers are important animals on coral reefs because they help remove dead material from ocean sediments.
Water is a unique molecule. Most liquids become denser as they cool down, but when water freezes, it becomes less dense, allowing ice to float. If ice did not float, a lot of animals would be in trouble. In fresh water ecosystems, animals rely on the top layer of water freezing over, which actually allows heat to be trapped underneath and keeps them alive through the winter.
Photo: World Wildlife Fund Scientists from the World Wildlife Fund attached cameras to humpback whales in the Antarctic to gather information on where, when, and how the whales feed. These cameras were attached to the whales with suction cups and were accompanied by digital tracking tags. After 48 hours, the cameras detach from the whales and float to the surface. From the videos they collected, scientists are also able to learn more about the whales' social behavior and techniques used to clear ice to breathe at the surface. The purpose of this research is to locate priority feeding areas... (more)