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The butterflyfish is a laterally thin fish.
The archerfish gets its name from its ability to shoot a precisely-aimed stream of water at its prey, which are mostly insects living on land.
The clown triggerfish gets its name because of its unusual coloring and pattern. The clown triggerfish’s lips are bright orange.
The long-spine porcupinefish has dark patches on its sides and back. It has long spines that protrude from all over its body, except for the fins and face.
The sea dragon has elaborate skin filaments that hang from its head, body, and tail.
The body of the seahorse is similar to the leafy and weedy sea dragons.
This shark is a grayish-brown color on its dorsal side with a lighter underside. It has small teeth in the front of its mouth and broad teeth in the back.
The whale shark is dark gray or greenish gray from its back to the middle of its sides. Its belly is off-white.
The nautilus has an unusually long life span for a cephalopod; it may live for more than 15 years.
This shrimp is known for the orange coloring along its sides and the long red stripe on its dorsal side that is bisected by a narrow, white band.
The thick internal shell of a cuttlefish is called a cuttlebone. It is made of calcium carbonate and contains numerous gas- and/or water-filled chambers.
The feather duster has a series of feathery tentacles on its head that it uses to filter nutrients from the water and take in oxygen.
The ghost crab is aptly named. It is a pale, sandy color, making it almost invisible on the sand. Its black eyes are held aloft on stalks.
The giant octopus is one of the largest invertebrates.
The soft body of the horseshoe crab is protected by a hard, outer shell.
Most sea slugs are brightly colored, which may warn potential predators to stay away.
The sea star usually has five sections or arms, or multiples of 5, 10, 20, or even 40 arms.
The squid has two fins, a mantle, and a head that bears eight arms and two tentacles, each covered with suckers, which are armed with hooks or sucker rings.
The Arctic tern has a white body with a black cap on its head, gray upper wings, back, and underparts, and a deeply forked white tail.
All three species of puffins stand upright and have black and white head and body plumage. They also have brightly-colored bills, mostly yellow and orange.
The emperor penguin is the largest of the penguin species. It is easily recognized with its jet black head, grayish-black wings and back, and white belly.
The flamingo is known for its bright pink feathers and uniquely downcurved black-tipped bill, which is adapted to filter feeding.
The great white pelican has white feathers with black wing tips.
The beluga whale is known for its milky white skin. Young are gray or pinkish brown at birth but fade to white as they grow.
The name “bottlenose” comes from this dolphin’s elongated upper and lower jaws that form what is called the “rostrum.”
The harbor seal is covered by a coat of short, thick hairs. These hairs are white to black.
Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family.
The manatee is a large creature with two fore-flippers and one rear flipper that acts as a rudder when it swims. The manatee is often referred to as a sea cow.
Sea turtles can rest or sleep underwater for several hours at a time.
Unlike most sharks, the nurse shark does not have to constantly move water across its gills to breathe.
The scrawled filefish can stand its primary dorsal fin erect to lodge itself into a crack or crevice of a reef.
The juvenile lookdown sports long filaments from its dorsal fin, which help it blend in with grasses.
The humphead wrasse has large, plump lips that make this fish the perfect creature to control the growth of toxic and spiny reef creatures.
The adult diamondback terrapin nests on sandy borders of coastal salt marshes or in dunes from June to July.
Unlike the salmon, which dies soon after spawning, the copper rockfish can live to reproduce year after year.
The blue shark’s sleek, tapered body makes it a graceful swimmer.
This creature’s amazing camouflage and attack structures point to its intelligent Creator.
Part of this creature’s defense mechanism is its bright coloring.
The roseate spoonbill feeds by wading slowly through the water, sweeping its long bill from side to side.
When surprised by a predator, some sea cucumbers can expel their internal organs along with a sticky substance.
The remora does not have a swim bladder.
The double-crested cormorant is designed with a hook-like tip on its bill, which helps it capture its prey underwater.
The Creator gave the zebrafish the ability to regenerate its skin, fins, heart, and even its brain in larval stages.
The smooth trunkfish “blows” jets of water at the seafloor to uncover organisms that are hidden.
The most striking design feature is the shape of the great hammerhead shark’s head.
Some hermit crabs have an unusual relationship with the sea anemone.
A young French angelfish has a unique “job” to perform in the ocean.
Yellow perch are poor swimmers. As a result, these creatures swim in schools.
The glaucous-winged gull eats mollusks that have hard outer shells by dropping them onto coastal rocks from the air to break them open.