Ocean & Ocean Animals
Ocearch is the coolest! You can see live tracking of sharks,
sea turtles, dolphins, seals, whales, and alligators.
Scroll down & click on the images of Sea Horses for amazing pictures.
Hammerhead Sharks have one eye and one nostril on each side of their head.
Starfish or Sea Stars
Sea Turtle Facts
There are seven types of sea turtles. They are all endangered.
Hawk's Bill sea turtles have a tortoise shell pattern,
can grow up to 3 1/2' long and can weigh up to 180 pounds.
Loggerheads are reddish brown with a very large head,
can grow to 3 1/2' long and weigh up to 400 pounds.
They are the mostcommonly seen sea turtle in the U.S.
25,000 nest annually near Cape Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet, Florida.
Leatherbacks have 5 ridges from their head to tail, are dark colored with white or pink spots.
They are the largest sea turtles and can grow up to 6' long and weigh up to 2000 pounds.
Leatherbacks grow the largest, dive the deepest, and travel the farthest of any sea turtle.
Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are olive brown in color,
can grow to 2 1/2' long and weigh up to 100 pounds.
Olive Ridley's sea turtles are olive colored,
can grow to 2 1/2' long and weight up to 100 pounds.
Green sea turtles are black, gray, green, brown and yellow in color.
Baby green sea turtles are carnivores, but adults are herbivores.
They can be found on the East coast of Florida.
They can grow to be 3' long and weigh up to 350 pounds.
Flatback sea turtles are olive gray in color, can grow to be 2 1/2' long and weight about 200 pounds.
This is the only sea turtle not found in the U.S. They live near Australia.
Seals, Sea Lions, & Walruses
Audubon - American White Pelican
Mental Floss 10 Fun Facts About Pelicans by Mark Mancini
Jungle & Zoo Animals
Take a Virtual Tour of these Zoos
Most of these zoos have live web cams to watch animals as well.
A tiger's roar can be heard 2 miles away.
Tigers like to swim.
Tigers rest during the day and hunt for food at night.
No two tigers have the exact same stripe pattern.
Leopards fur can be tan, cream or black.
Leopards can sleep in trees.
Black Leopards (Panthers)
A lion's roar can be heard 5 miles away.
Lions live with others in a group called a Pride.
Male lions have a mane.
Female lions hunt for food.
Cheetahs claws are non-retractable. Their claws are always out.
Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal.
A cheetah uses its tail to balance and steer its body when it runs.
Jaguars are the third largest big cat.
Jaguar rosettes missing the dot in the center.
They are good swimmers.
They are heavier and more muscled than leopards.
Zebras sleep standing up. They will sometimes lay down, but one
or more will stand be a lookout for predators.
No two zebra have the same stripes.
Zebras have a pad of fat under their mane to keep it standing up.
Wildebeest has a mane just like horse.
Males and females have curved horns.
Wildebeests live in herds.
Meerkat live together in big groups called a clan, mob or gang.
Females have one to eight babies at a time.
Giraffes are the tallest animal in the world. They can be 19’ tall.
Giraffes can go several days without drinking water.
Each giraffe has a different spot pattern on its body.
Other Grassland Animals
Elephants can live over 70 years.
There are two kinds of elephants: the Asian and the African.
Asian elephants have smaller ears than the African elephant.
Trumpeting Baby Elephant at the Fort Worth Zoo
Baby Rhinos stay with their mother for 3-4 years.
Rhinos can not see well, but can smell and hear very good.
All rhinos have at least one horn on their nose.
Hippos secrete an oily red substance to moisturize their skin and keep it from being sunburnt.
Hippos can only stay underwater for 3-5 minutes.
Baby hippos are born in the water.
Some chimpanzees can recognize themselves in mirrors.
Some chimpanzees have learned sign language.
Fruit makes up more than half of an orangutan's diet.
Orangutans have thick reddish-brown hair.
Orangutans live on the Asian Islands of Borneo and Sumatra.
Gorillas sometimes fold up leaves to eat them like a sandwich.
Adult males grow silver hair on their backs and are called Silverbacks.
Mountain gorillas can live to be 35 years old in the wild.
Apes do not have a tail.
Apes are smarter, more evolved than monkeys.
They use sticks and rocks as tools to find and open food.
Apes are the closest related mammal to humans.
Words to use when talking with your child about animals:
- fur - the short, fine, soft hair of certain animals
- paw - an animal's foot having claws and pads
- claw - a curved pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot animals
- carnivore - an animal that eats meat
- endangered - in danger of not living in the wild anymore
- nocturnal - active at night
- rosettes - a growth resembling a rose
- camouflage - hide or disguise the presence of an animal