Facts for Kids
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Hey Kids! Are you ready to learn all about ocean creatures and find out what makes them all so special? We have a great set of videos below for each creature on our cups for you to learn from! You can also discover some really interesting facts about these criters below. Ask for your parents permission and then start learning!
- Studies have shown that octopuses learn easily, including learning by observation of another octopus.
- They can solve problems, this means they know how to remove a plug or unscrew a lid to remove objects from containers.
- They are the first invertebrates to be seen using tools, such as using coconut shells to hide from potential predators and using rocks and jets of water.
Blue Whale Facts
- Blue Whales are the largest animal on the planet! They can reach 100 feet in length (thats two school buses!) and 150 tons in weight (the same as 30 adult elephants!).
- Though we can't hear them, Blue Whales are one of the loudest animals on the planet. They communicate with each other using a series of low frequency pulses, groans, and moans.
- A baby Blue Whale emerges weighing up to 2,700kg at a length of up to 8m! Newborns are helped to the surface of the water by their mothers so that they can take their first breath of air.
- Crabs greatly vary in size, from the tiny Pea Crab as small as 0.27 inches, up to the incredible Japanese Spider Crab at 12 feet.
- Crabs often live in groups and work together to provide food and protection for their families. The name for a group of crabs is a "cast".
- Dolphins have 100 teeth in their mouth! Despite their large number of teeth, they don't chew their food, they swallow their prey in one piece.
- Dolphins use echolocation to find their prey and detect predators. They produce clicks that travel through the water and bounce off objects in front of them. The returning sound helps the Dolphin identify type and size of the object, its speed and its location.
- Even though they like to play, they are very compassionate and will nurture old or sick members of their community whenever necessary.
Puffer Fish Facts
- All puffer fish are able to ingest huge amounts of water and air, this expands their body and "puffs" them up! This quick transformation can scare away dangerous predators.
- One puffer fish can contain enough toxin to kill 30 adult men.
- The only animals immune to the toxins of a Puffer Fish are sharks. They can eat Puffer Fish without any effect from the toxins.
- Jellyfish are a very simple organism. They do not have a brain, bones, a head or heart. Some species can detect the light using their primitive and simple form of light-sensitive organs called ocelli.
- Jellyfish are not very strong swimmers; they typically depend on the ocean currents to push them around. A large group of hundereds of Jellyfish gather, they are known as "swarms".
- Although they are named "Starfish", they are not a fish at all. Starfish belong to a group of marine invertebrates which also include Sea Cucumbers, Sea Urchins, and Sand Dollars.
- Starfish vary in size, they can range anywhere from 1 centimeter up to ten inches!
- Starfish are carnivores! They often eat clams and mussels. They have two stomaches, one of which can be pushed outside the body while eating. They use this mechanism to eat large prey.
- Sea turtles are a very old species, they have lived on the Earth for more than 220 million years! They managed to survive even when the dinosaurs went extinct.
- During nesting season female Turtles will return to the same beach where they were born.
- Temperature determines the gender of a baby turtle, if the egg is warm it will become a female Turtle, while a male Turtle will hatch if the egg is cool.