Marine Life

Marine life includes an incredible and vibrant array of wild animals that live in the ocean. From tiny phytoplankton to massive blue whales, marine life is a vital source of food, energy and life for the entire planet.

Cnidarians such as jellyfish and corals have stinging cells called nematocysts. When touched they eject barbed threads tipped with poison.

There are more than 52,000 species of Crustaceans in the world which include popular marine animals like lobsters, crabs, shrimp, crayfish and barnacles. Smaller crustacean breathe through their bodies and larger ones breathe through gills.

Mollusks are members of the invertebrate phylum Mollusca and contain more than 100,000 species. Some mollusks have shells like clams and snails, while larger mollusks have no bones at all like the cuttlefish, squid and octopus.

Learn about some of the some of the most bizzare marine life under the sea, such as Sea Squirts, sponges and even Sea Monkeys.