Fact of the Day

Fact of the Day: Green Sea Turtle

Posted Wed, Jul 14, 2010 by MollyH to baby sea turtles, Fact of the Day, green sea turtle, sea turtles

Time for another FOTD!

Green sea turtles are born only two inches long and will grow to about three feet by adulthood. On average, young green sea turtles grow more than 11 pounds a year by feeding on sea grasses and algae -- yum!

For more info on green sea turtles and other wonderful wildlife, check back tomorrow or check out Oceana.org/Explore!


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Fact of the Day: Greenland Shark

Posted Tue, Jul 13, 2010 by MollyH to arctic, atlantic, explore, Fact of the Day, greenland shark, sharks

The Greenland shark is a cold water shark, living in the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans.  Its flesh is poisonous to humans if eaten fresh. 

Check out our full list of creatures and come back tomorrow for another random fact!  

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Fact of the Day: Common Octopus

Posted Mon, Jul 12, 2010 by MollyH to common octopus, Fact of the Day, invertebrates, paul the octopus

As you probably already know, Paul the Oracle Octopus maintained his perfect record this weekend, predicting World Cup victories for both Germany and Spain in their respective matches. So, in honor of Paul’s fine work, today’s Fact of the Day (or FOD) is about his species, the common octopus.

The common octopus is one of the smartest invertebrates in the world, with both a short and long-term memory.  When in a bind to escape a predator, this octopus can lose an arm and re-grow it later without any long-term damage.  (But I’d bet it’s not very comfortable and is something the octopus would rather forget!)  

For more octo-information (or information on your favorite fishy friends), check out Oceana.org/explore and check back tomorrow for another FOTD!

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Fact of the Day: Whale Sharks

Posted Thu, Jul 8, 2010 by MollyH to explore, Fact of the Day, shark week, sharks, whale sharks

In honor of Shark Week, which is just a few short weeks away, my first “Fact of the Day” post will be about -- you guessed it -- sharks!

The whale shark is the largest fish in the world. These sharks grow up to 65 feet (20 meters) long and their mouths are 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide.

And here’s a bonus fact: whale sharks have the thickest skin of any animal in the world at up to 4 inches thick.

Curious for more? Be sure to come back tomorrow for another exciting fact or check out Oceana.org/Explore and do some investigating on your own!

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