Abalone, is a common name for any of a group of small to very large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs in the family Haliotidae. Other common names are ear shells, sea ears, and muttonfish or muttonshells in Australia, ormer in Great Britain, perlemoen and venus’s-ears in South Africa, and pāua in New Zealand
Weight: 2,000 to 3,000 pounds (907 to 1,361 kilograms)
Group name: Pod
Protection status: Threatened
Did you know? Unlike most other whales, the beluga has a flexible neck that enables it to turn its head in all directions.
These whales are common in the Arctic Ocean’s coastal waters, though they are found in subarctic waters as well. Arctic belugas migrate southward in large herds when the sea freezes over. Animals trapped by Arctic ice often die, and they are prey for polar bears, killer whales, and for Arctic people. They are hunted by indigenous people of the north, and by commercial fisheries that brought some populations, such as those in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to near collapse.
Beluga feed on fish, crustaceans, and worms. The whale is related to the tusked “unicorn” whale known as the narwhal.
Cyclocoeloma tuberculata - also know as “the decorator crab”
This small cryptic-looking “decorator crab” appears to have mastered the art of disguise by attaching various anemones and coral polyps to its exoskeleton. A slow mover, even when approached, it seems to have complete confidence in its ability to remain inconspicuous.