Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Biggest Fish In The Sea

The whale shark is the biggest fish in the sea.

A Gentle Giant

Of all the fish in the sea, the whale shark wins the prize for size.  The largest on record was 20 meters long, but most grow to be around 12 meters and 40 pounds. Though tremendous in size and intimidating in appearance, the shark is actually very docile.  

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Ultimate Shopaholic: A Hermit Crab

Hairy red hermit crab in an empty triton shell eating a shrimp.

Family Ties

Hermit crabs are crustaceans, a class of animals that have segmented bodies and an exoskeleton (a hard outer covering).  They are related to lobsters, shrimp, and other crabs.  But hermit crabs are special.  

Friday, July 13, 2018

Learning To Love 'Not-So-Cute' Marine Animals

It's easy to love cute animals found in our oceans.  Who doesn't love dolphins, penguins, and colorful little fish?  But what about those that have a face only a mother could love?  For animals like the anglerfish and barracuda we need to look deeper than cuteness to see some amazing qualities.  Let's dive in and find out.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Family Boat Ride Turns Into Whale Rescue Mission

A family boat trip turned into a rescue mission when they came across a whale severely entangled in a huge fishing net.   Realizing that time was crucial, the family worked frantically to free the whale using the only knife they had on board.

Without this intervention, the whale would most likely have not survived.

Please watch this touching video to its conclusion.  The whale's reaction at the end is worth it!

When I saw this video I was deeply touched by the compassion this family had on a fellow animal in need.  It makes me smile to know the whale swims free today due to human kindness. 

The Dodo asks that we support whales by donating to the Great Whale Conservancy

Let's all strive to discard our trash in appropriate ways.

Video Credits:

1.  "Family Rescues Whale Tangled In Net" by The Dodo.  Published on 07 Jul. 2018.  YouTube.com.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Help Kids Respect Wildlife

Birds build nests in trees.

Teaching our kids to respect wild animals--whether marine animals or land animals-- helps shape their character.  As kids learn to care and protect animals they become kinder, more considerate people.