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The Wonders of Ocean Creatures

Jul 1, 2022

Continuing with our Ocean of Possibilities theme for this summer, let’s talk about ocean animals! Only 5% of ocean floors have been officially mapped, and not much more than that has been explored at all. So, of the creatures that we know about, there are countless more that have yet to be discovered. To put that into perspective, we know more about the surface of the moon and Mars than we do about the depths of our own planet’s oceans!

Fact #1: One type of area that we know more about is the coral reef. On the entirety of planet Earth, coral reefs are some of the most bio-diverse types of ecosystems, second only to rainforests. This means that there are more types of fauna and flora in the span of one coral reef than there are in the entirety of a field, desert, or any other type of habitat besides rainforests.

 

Fact #2: Electric eels are given the name because their bodies can actually produce electricity on their own. They use this talent to defend themselves and to hunt prey in the ocean. An electric eel can produce enough electricity to light up 10 light bulbs!

 

Fact #3: Octopuses are fascinating, intelligent, and unique creatures. They can squeeze through holes a fraction of their size! In fact, the only solid part about the body of an octopus is their beak, so as long as their beak can fit, they can fit the whole rest of their body. To further fit with their alien-like qualities, octopuses have 3 hearts, and blue blood.

Fact #4: Do you ever complain about loud neighbors? Well, be glad that your neighbor isn’t a blue whale! At 188 decibels, a blue whale call is the loudest sound made by any animal on the planet.

 

Interested in learning more about the ocean’s creatures? Come visit us at the Rogers Public Library! Or check out books via our online eBook/audiobook websites and apps like Hoopla and Libby. In our physical building, you can find books like:

Expedition Deep Ocean : the first descent to the bottom of all five of the worlds oceans by Josh Young

Ocean : a global odyssey by Sylvia A. Earle

Ocean : the definitive visual guide by the American Museum of Natural History

***And don’t forget that it isn’t too late to sign up for the summer reading program!***

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