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Ocean Animal Encyclopedia. Jump to navigation Ocean Animal Encyclopedia Pages the Full Creature Index Petitions Featured Campaign Save the Oceans, Feed the World We are restoring the world’s wild fish populations to serve as a sustainable source of protein for people.

Ocean Animal Encyclopedia

Learn More Campaigns Featured Petition Ask GrubHub to Take Shark Fins Off the Menu! Sign our petition to tell GrubHub to take shark fin off the menu now – before the ocean’s most iconic predators disappear. Take Action. Magnificent Frigatebird. As in all seabirds, Magnificent Frigatebirds nest on land, but they spend almost all of their time in flight, searching for food.

Magnificent Frigatebird

This species prefers to nest off of the ground, in mangrove forests and other trees or bushes, but they will nest on the ground in places where vegetation is sparse. During courtship, the male Magnificent Frigatebird inflates and displays its bright red throat pouch and claps its bill, to attract a mate. After a successful courtship, these birds spend a substantial amount of time caring for their young. Chicks require nourishment from their parents for more than a year. Typically, the male abandons the nest after a few months and prepares for another courtship season. When not incubating an egg, Magnificent Frigatebirds spend their time in flight, foraging for food. Magnificent Frigatebirds are not hunted by people and they are fairly common throughout their range. Additional Resources: Ocean Animal Encyclopedia. Ocean Animal Encyclopedia. The secret life of plankton - Tierney Thys. Numerous species of krill inhabit the world’s oceans.

The secret life of plankton - Tierney Thys

(One world ocean particular species, Antarctic krill, has made headlines lately because of its alarming decline. What’s driving this decline? Why is Euphausia superbain (Euphausia superba?) Such an important species? Research the issue and identify what, if anything, can be done to curb the loss of Antarctic krill. Antarctic Krill Conservation Project Australian Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population, and Communities: Antarctic Division: Krill Nature: Ecologists fear Antarctic krill crisis (09/01/2010) The New York Times: Team tracks a food supply at the end of the world (03/13/2012) The ocean plays a vital (and often under- appreciated) role in sequestering carbon—something that’s become increasingly important as the planet’s human inhabitants increase their carbon emissions. Tara Ocean expedition: an exploration of plankton in all oceans NHPTV NatureWorks: Plankton.

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Atlantic Puffin. Like most seabirds, Atlantic Puffins get all of their food from marine sources but nest on land.

Atlantic Puffin

Their preferred prey includes forage fishes, including herrings, capelins, sprat, and others. While nesting, they generally feed close to their nesting sites but may go on longer feeding trips during other seasons. Atlantic Puffins are pursuit divers – they “duck dive” from the sea surface and chase prey, using their wings like flippers. Ocean Wildlife Photos. Masters of Undersea Camouflage Photos. Sea Creature Survival Skills Photos. The survival of the sea turtle - Scott Gass. Discover what makes a sea turtle so wonderfully adapted for the marine environment, gain a greater appreciation for the challenges they face, follow efforts to rescue and protect sea turtles both domestically and internationally, and uncover what you can do to help celebrate and preserve these amazing marine animals as you explore Saving a Species: Sea Turtles.

The survival of the sea turtle - Scott Gass

Looking for a rich source of sea turtle information? Look no further than SeaWorld’s Sea Turtle InfoBook! Covering topics such as adaptations for a marine environment, habitat and distribution, diet and feeding habits, conservation issues, and more, this resource will prove a useful and interesting tool. (And if you’re looking for even more, there are a variety of topic-related classroom resources also available on the site.) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Office of Protected Resources is responsible for sea turtle management in U.S. waters. Have a question about sea turtles?