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.
'A Californian congressmen has just introduced a law to make it illegal to keep orcas in captivity. This could change everything — but SeaWorld is already mounting a vicious campaign to defeat this congressman's brave move. We need to tell the State of California that the public won't accept SeaWorld's imprisonment of orcas any longer.'
Enact the Orca Welfare and Safety Act to make it illegal to hold orcas in captivity for performance or entertainment purposes
Red tide at Imperial Beach. Red tide is a common name for a phenomenon also known as an algal bloom, in which large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms, such as phytoplankton, accumulate rapidly in the water, causing discoloration at the surface.
The largest starfish is the sunflower star or Pycnopodia helianthoides.These starfish have more arms than any other starfish, numbering between 15 and 24 (while most sea stars have between 5 to 14) and weigh an average of 5kg.