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  • Hourglass Dolphin

    Is it a dolphin, a killer whale, or a penguin? The hourglass penguin’s dramatic black and white markings do resemble those of a penguin or a killer whale, and this dolphin is a neighbor to penguins. Fun Facts The hourglass dolphin is the only dolphin living near Antarctica. This dolphin’s…

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  • Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

    Atlantic spotted dolphins can be seen all along the East Coast. They’re known for the interesting patterns on their skin. Fun Facts Atlantic spotted dolphins grow 5 to 7.5 feet long and weigh 220 to 315 pounds. These marine mammals live for 22 to 25 years or more in the…

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  • Hector’s Dolphin

    Hector’s dolphin, the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world, lives in only one place. Fun Facts Hector’s dolphin is threatened, with only 7,000 left on earth. A subspecies, the Maui dolphin, is critically endangered. Scientists believe there may be as few as 55 left. The animals are often caught…

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  • Dusky Dolphin

    Dusky dolphins are known for their jumping ability. They just might be the most acrobatic dolphins on the planet. They love to leap in the air, sometimes twisting, turning, and flying in groups like dancers in a well-orchestrated ballet performance. Fun Facts Dusky dolphins are named for their beautiful coloring.…

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  • Baiji Dolphins

    Thousands of baiji or white dolphins, lived in the Yangtze River just 50 years ago, but water pollution, boating, and fishing harmed this marine mammal. Today, scientists believe it is extinct. In 2006, people on a boating expedition spotted what they thought was a Baiji. No other baijis have been…

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  • Irrawaddy Dolphin

    The Irrawaddy dolphins live in rivers and coastal regions of Southeast Asia. These marine mammals are endangered. Of the group that live in the Mekong River, only about 92 dolphins remain. Fun Facts Irrawaddy dolphins are small. They weigh between 198 to 440 pounds and grow 6 to 9 feet…

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  • Spinner Dolphin

    Spinner dolphins are like aquatic gymnasts. They can leap high in the air, spinning several times before they land. Scientists think they spin to remove parasites and communicate with each other. Maybe they spin because it’s fun too! Fun Facts Spinner dolphins live in warm oceans around the world. One…

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  • Striped Dolphin

    Striped dolphins are among the most common dolphins. They live in groups of 25 to 100 dolphins in warm waters throughout the world. Striped dolphins are graceful swimmers. They breach the water, jumping as high as 20 feet, and rotate their tails while they’re in the air. Fun Facts Male…

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  • Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis)

    The Amazon River dolphin or Boto is a freshwater dolphin that lives in the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers in Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, and other South American countries. This dolphin is small, growing to 9.2 feet and weighing around 350 pounds. Fun Facts In the spring, heavy rains flood the Amazon…

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  • Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates)

    When we think of dolphins, it’s often bottlenose dolphins we’re thinking of. They’re graceful, smart, and friendly, and with their upturned mouths, they always look like they’re smiling. Fun Facts Bottlenose dolphins can live in the wild to be 45 to 50 years old. They weigh around 1,100 pounds and…

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  • Beluga Whale

    If you’ve heard Raffi’s song, “Baby Beluga,” you know that Beluga whales are playful and smart. These white whales have mouths that seem to turn up in a smile. Fun Facts Beluga whales are gray or brown when they are born, but turn white, as they get older. They are…

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  • Sperm Whale

    Sperm whales have the largest brain of every animal ever to have lived on the earth. Their heads are also filled with a mysterious substance. Fun Facts Sperm whales are huge! They weigh 35 to 45 tons and are 49 to 59 feet in length. Their large, bulky heads make…

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  • Gray Whale

    Gray whales are bigger than a school bus, but they are agile swimmers. Tourists love to watch them migrating up the western coasts of North America. Fun Facts Adult gray whales are 40 to 50 feet long and weigh 30 to 40 tons. They are peaceful mammals, feeding on small…

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  • Bowhead Whale

    Bowhead whales are the only whales to live exclusively in the Arctic. They get their names from their large upper jaw, which has a distinct curved shape, like a bow. Bowhead whales eat krill and other small fish and invertebrates. Fun Facts Bowhead whales are baleen whales. Inside their upper…

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    Tuna Fish Facts

    Tuna Fish is one of the most consumed species of fish in the world. It is a saltwater fish which is silver in color with large eyes and spiky fins and dark blue backs. Their rounded body tapers to a slender tail base. These fishes live in open ocean and…

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    Angel Shark

    Angel shark is a type of marine fish that is commonly found in the Pacific Ocean along the coasts of Alaska, California, Mexico, Costa Rica and Chile. These unique sharks have flat bodies, long pelvic and pectoral fins. They have two dorsal fins and no anal fin. They are sometimes…

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    Oarfish Facts

    An Oarfish is the longest bony fish in the ocean. They can reach a length of over 50 feet. It belongs to the Regalecidae family of fishes. Unlike many bony fishes, they lack scales. Instead they have tubercules and a coat of guanine which is topped with an omate, red…

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    Fish Worksheet and Quiz

    Download PDF Fish are vertebrate animals that live in water. There are more than 30,000 species. Most of these species are cold-blooded. They have special organs called gills to breathe. Fishes represent five different classes that are distinct from each other. The largest class of all of them are bony…

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    Lake Whitefish

    Lake Whitefish is a saltwater fish. It belongs to the salmon family. It has greenish-brown scales on the back and silver scales on sides and silver-white scaled on its belly. Coregonus clupeaformis is the scientific name for Lake Whitefish. They have small head with blunt nose and small mouth with…

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    World’s Most Dangerous Fish

    Fish are water living vertebrates. They use their special organ called gills for breathing. There are in total more than 30,000 different species of fishes that live in ocean and other freshwater bodies. A few of them are dangerous to humans. The world's most dangerous fish are listed below.  …

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    Lifecycle of a fish

    Like every other animal on this planet, fishes also grow large enough to reproduce. Although each and every fish species has a unique method of reproduction, for generalizing we can divide the life cycle of a fish into seven stages. These seven stages are common in almost all the different…

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    Porifera

    SpongeBob Squarepants is a funny, if mildly annoying, Porifera sponge. He dwells in the ocean, has huge pores and seems to be boneless. If Gary were a shrimp snuggled into SpongeBob’s side, instead of a snail sharing his pineapple, it would be closer to real life. Learn about the life…

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  • Image of Xiphosura, The Horseshoe Crab

    Xiphosura, The Horseshoe Crab

    Have you ever heard the term “living fossil”? No, we are not talking about great grandpa. We are talking about Xiphosura, the Horseshoe Crab. The Horseshoe Crab is fascinating! It has hardly changed at all in the past 200 million years and is just about the only Arachnid that lives…

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    Jawless Fish: History, Evolution and Present Forms

    Over 500 million years ago, the first fish evolved. Most of these early fish are now extinct, but a few remain – lampreys and hagfish. These fish look primitive, indeed. They have cartilage instead of bone and a long, eel-like body. They don’t have a jaw bone, but instead, a…

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    Shark Family

    From scary movies to beachside signs, sharks have a hair-raising reputation. But are they really as scary as they’re portrayed? The truth is, only 25 species (out of 368 species) attack humans, and only about 100 people each year are attacked by sharks. More people die every year from bee…

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