Even if you’re not spending World Oceans Day at the beach, you can dive into this photo gallery of fascinating sea creatures from around the world. Who knows, you may even learn about a sea creature you’ve never heard of before!
Sea Creature #1: The Parrotfish
Photo: Asociación Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente
Known for: their vibrant colors, powerful beaks, and algae-grazing lifestyles.
Better known for: enclosing themselves in a bubble of their own mucus to avoid being smelled by predators at night. Quite the claim to fame!
Photo: The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem
What these stocky sea creatures lack in typical fish characteristics (like scales or a swim bladder), they make up for in…feet? The frogfish’s modified pectoral fins resemble legs, allowing them to “walk” along the seafloor looking for their next meal. Their stomping grounds span the globe, but this frogfish was found off the Mediterranean coast! Learn how a family organization saved this frogfish.
Sea Creature #3: The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
Photo: Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association
Photo: Asociación Interamericana Para La Defensa Del Ambiente (AIDA)
This rare subspecies of parrotfish retains their moody color through adulthood. And despite their giant mouths, they are toothless algae-munchers just like the parrotfish above! But as the ocean gets warmer, more algae is forming on coral reefs than these herbivores can chew.
You can celebrate the beauty of the sea by taking action. Nonprofits are supporting coastal wildlife to keep these unique sea creatures swimming, but they can’t do it alone. Join their efforts by setting up your first monthly donation today, and GlobalGiving will match your gift at 100%.*
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