In celebration of World Oceans Day last June 8, Green Cleaners has some interesting facts about the creatures that dwell in our seas. Read on and be amazed at what we are all working to save as people from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom played a part in making a difference! There were Ocean Clean Up Operations set up with thousands of volunteers, and even booths set up to educate both children and adults about the wonders of the ocean.
When a dolphin is sick or injured, its cries of distress summon immediate aid from other dolphins, who try to support it to the surface so that it can breathe.
Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain at a time, and one eye open.
Blue Whales weigh as much as 30 elephants and are as long as three Greyhound buses.
Lobsters can live up to 50 years.
Left to their own devices, pearls grow naturally only once in every 20 000 oysters.
A scallop has 35 blue eyes.
It can take a deep-sea clam up to 100 years to reach 8 millimetres in length. The clam is among the slowest growing, yet longest living species on the planet.
The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
If a lobster loses a claw or an eye, it is usually able to grow another, although the new one is usually smaller.
Dolphins sleep at night just below the surface of the water. They frequently rise to the surface for air.
Shrimp can only swim backwards.
Using its web-like skin between its arms, an octopus can carry up to a dozen crabs back to its den.
Electric Eels can reach up to 2 metres in length and larger specimens can generate 500 volts of electricity.
A blue whale's tongue is so large that fifty people could stand on it.
Dolphins jump out of the water to conserve energy. It's easier to move through the air than through the water.
A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.
A baby grey whale drinks enough milk to fill more than 2000 bottles a day.
The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.
Giant cuttlefish have green blood.
Fish can’t close their eyes. They have no eyelids.
Fish never stop growing. The older they get the bigger they grow.
Lobsters have blue blood.
Fish have a balloon inside their body to help them float.
Crabs have eyes on sticks. They can move their eyes in any direction.
Sea urchins have their mouth underneath their body.
A sea horse moves its back fin so fast that it looks like a little spinning pinwheel.
Seahorses are the only animals in the entire animal kingdom in which the male has babies. The female seahorse deposits the eggs into the male's small pouch, these eggs are then fertilized by the male.
Sea sponges have no head, mouth, eyes, feelers, bones, heart, lungs or brain - yet they are alive.
Sea sponges can be as tiny as a pea or a big as a cow.
No matter how many pieces you cut a sea sponge into each piece will go on living and growing.
The biggest starfish is the sunflower star, it has more than 26 arms.
A starfish can grow a whole new body from just one arm.
Pearls are made from sand.
Sharks never run out of teeth. If one is lost, another spins forward from the rows and rows of backup teeth.
Shrimps hearts are in their heads.
An Electric eel is known to produce electricity sufficient enough to light up 10 electric bulbs.
Seahorses have a single mate for life. Every morning, they come together, dance, change their color, twirl around with linked tails and then separate for the rest of the day.
While mating, seahorses utter musical sounds.
Our oceans are filled with the most wonderful, amazing creatures. Let's fight to keep them all alive for generations to come.