Sea Creatures of the Caribbean
The creatures in the Caribbean Sea are some of the most extraordinary examples of ocean life on Earth. The beautiful blue waters, the natural coral reef, and
the unusual sea life all give an astonishing look at one of the world's most exotic bodies of water. There are mammals, unusual fish, amazing "sea monsters," and
many other living creatures that make up the Caribbean. The reefs are home to some of the most beautiful smaller fish and coral that our earth has to offer as well.
Nature is an amazing thing in itself, but exploring the deep sea can be breathtaking as you find out about interesting creatures that you may have never heard of before.
There are more than 30 species of mammals that live in the Caribbean Sea. Among the more popular species is the humpback whale, which migrates to the Caribbean Sea in the winter.
The sperm whale can stay up to 2,000 meters under the surface of the ocean for an hour at a time while it waits for its favorite thing to eat - the giant squid. Other mammals include the
killer whale, the spinner dolphin, and the spotted dolphin. The coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea make up less than 10% of the world's coral reefs. They provide a habitat to several thousand
species of sea creatures. They also help protect the shoreline from hurricanes that hit this part of the world. They are beautiful to observe; people from all over the world come to the
Caribbean to snorkel and scuba dive in order to see these beautiful natural reefs. These reefs go around all of the smaller islands of the Caribbean. The largest reef in the Caribbean is
the Belize Barrier Reef, which is more than 180 miles long, while there is a slightly smaller reef in the southwest portion of the Caribbean Sea.
The Caribbean Sea is home to many of the most unusual creatures on earth. The giant adult clams are the largest mollusks on earth. They attach themselves to the rubble from coral reefs.
They can grow up to 4 feet in length and can weigh over 500 pounds. They can also live to be 100 years old or more. The isopod is a giant crustacean that lives deep in the ocean: It is a distant
relative of the shrimp and the crab. The Portuguese man-of-war is sometimes mistaken for a jellyfish: Its tentacles can reach 165 feet below the surface of the ocean. The spider crab has a hard
exoskeleton that protects it from its predators, in addition to blending in with the floor of the ocean. It can grow to be 10 feet wide. The whale shark can grow to be 40 feet or more in length
and is the largest fish in the sea. It is a filter feeder and is thought of as a gentle giant. It swims through the ocean with its mouth wide open in order to collect fish and plankton to eat.
The lion's mane jellyfish is the most potent jellyfish in the ocean. It can grow to be 6.5 feet wide, while its tentacles can be 49 feet long. The giant spined sea stars regenerate their limbs,
so if one is bitten off by a sea creature or is lost in a fight, it will grow another.
Some of the most dangerous living things live in the Caribbean as well. The blue-ringed octopus is a venomous creature that will grow to be only 8 inches long but has enough venom in it to
kill 30 humans in only minutes. The tiger shark grows to be over 10 feet in length. It is a nocturnal hunter, meaning that it only looks for food at night. It eats smaller sharks, dolphins, sea
snakes, turtles, squid, birds, and seals. Fire coral is the reason why scuba divers wear gloves. It is related to a jellyfish, but it can sting with its invisible tentacles. Its stings can cause
severe pain as well as nausea and vomiting. The lion fish is a beautiful fish, but it is also very dangerous. Its sting isn't deadly but can be extremely painful, as they contain powerful venom.
The stonefish looks like its name, a stone, but is one of the most venomous fish in the world. It is small and doesn't grow bigger than a foot long. Its body is camouflaged so that it goes unnoticed,
while its fins are as sharp as a knife.
There are extraordinary things that can be found in the Caribbean Sea, some of which are dangerous, yet beautiful. Keeping our environment safe and clean can only help these living things to flourish
and grow. As these waters are further explored, we may find new creatures that we were not previously aware of. As marine biologists seek and learn about deep sea creatures, we will learn about them, too.
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