The Animals of the Ocean Wildlife Bracelet

Whales- There are many different species of whales found worldwide. Some of the more common species include the Humpback, Pilot, Sperm, North Atlantic Right, Southern Atlantic Right, Minke,Bottlenose, Orca(killer whale) Gray, and Blue Whale. The Blue Whale has been considered the largest animal, up to 120 feet long and 160 tons.

Harbor Seals - They are found in the coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as well as the Baltic and North Seas. They are brown, tan or gray, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils. An adult can attain 6 feet and 290 pounds. Harbor Seals prefer rocky areas to rest where predators are unable reach them.

Cod Fish- There are different species of cod found in many of our ocean waters. A great majority of them are now classified as forms of one of three species, the Pacific Cod, Atlantic Cod and Greenland Cod. The classic cod shape consists of 3 rounded dorsal and 2 anal fins. The pelvic fins are small and set under the gill cover. It has a distinct white lateral line that runs from the gill slit above the pectoral fin to the base of the tail fin. Its average weight is 10 –25 pounds. But, specimens weighing up to 200 lbs. have been recorded.

Sea Turtles- The sea turtle is found in all the world’s oceans except the Arctic. There are seven living species of sea turtles: flatback, green sea turtle, Hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead, and Olive Ridley. The Leatherback is the largest of the sea turtles and is the only one without a hard shell. It can measure up to seven feet in length, 5 feet in width and up to 1300 lbs.

Seahorses - There are over 32 species of seahorses, mainly found in shallow, temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. They prefer to live in sheltered areas such as sea grass beds, coral reefs or mangroves. There is an unusual courtship between the male and female seahorse. They swim side by side holding tails or gripping the same strand of sea grass with their tails in a ”pre-dawn dance”, which lasts about 8 hours. When the female’s eggs reach maturity, she and her mate drift upward out of the seagrass snout to snout, often spiraling as they rise. The female deposits her eggs in the male’s pouch, which the male fertilizes. As the female squirts anywhere from dozens to thousands of eggs from a chamber in her trunk into his pouch, her body slims while his swells. Both seahorses sink back to the bottom and she swims off. The eggs are then fertilized in the male’s pouch, where they are hatched. Throughout the male’s incubation, his mate visits him daily for “morning greetings”. The female seahorse swims over for about 6 minutes of interaction. They change color, wheel around sea grass fronds, and finally promenade holding each other’s tails. The female swims away until the next morning, while the male goes back to vacuuming up food through his snout. The male seahorse will give birth to 1 or as many as 200 “fry” at a time and the pregnancies last 2 –4 weeks depending on the species.

Dolphins - There are almost 40 species of dolphins. They are closely related to whales and porpoises and are found worldwide. They vary in size from 4 feet and 90 lbs.(Maui Dolphin) to 30 feet and 10 tons (Orca Whale). Dolphins are considered to be amongst the most intelligent of animals and their friendly appearance and seemingly playful attitude have made them popular in human culture.


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