Fish and sea creatures are a very popular motif in costume jewelry. I have so many fish pins that I'll devote an entire post to them at another time. This post is about the other creatures in the ocean.
- Whales swim about 30 miles per hour
- The primary predators of whales are human
- To prevent drowning while sleeping only half of the dolphin’s brain goes to sleep while the other half remains awake so they can continue to breathe. This is also true of whales
- A calf is born close to the water's surface so the mother can take it up for air immediately after birth
- There is some debate, but seahorses are generally considered to be fish from the same family as cod and tuna
- Seahorses are not good swimmers and remain stationary most of the time with tails holding coral or seaweed for support
- Crustaceans have exoskeletons
- Lobster, crabs and shrimp are decapods meaning they have 10 limbs
- Jellyfish are 95% water
- A species of jellyfish named phialella zappai was named after Frank Zappa
- They live comfortably both on the land and in the water
- There is evidence suggesting pinnipeds evolved from bears (!)
- Starfish are also called sea stars
- The are echinoderms, not fish
- There are over 2,000 known species
- Coral is related to jellyfish; both are in the phylum Cnidaria
- Hard corals have skeletons made of limestone
- Corals live in colonies
- Over 50,000 animals use seashells as protection by hiding or living in them
- Some cultures have used seashells as monetary currency
Be sure to watch for my upcoming blog about fish in costume jewelry. Here's a teaser.
And, be sure to visit my shop for all your sea creatures jewelry needs!
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