Harbor seal

Harbor Seals- The Blobbies Of The Ocean

Yay for Ocean Blobbies!  “Ocean Blobbies” is just a funny nickname I made up after looking at seals for the first time when I was a kid.  They are so funny looking and for obvious reasons they remind me of little blobs and in some cases, big blobs. Blob is not the worst description, as…

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Marine Mammal Protection Act

In 1972 the US government created a very important act that was set in place to protect some an important part of the ocean’s ecosystems. It’s called the Marine Mammal Protection Act and it was put in place to help give marine mammals a safe haven in the states.  This was a huge move for…

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What Is Predation?

Predation is used to describe the relationship between a predator and prey. Sounds easy right? To break it down further, predators are organisms that stalk, chase, hunt, ambush and ultimately eat another organism.  Prey, are organisms being eaten by the predators.  The common animals that normally become causalities to predation are insects, mice, rats, and…

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Monterrey Bay, California

Meet The Pinnipeds

The Pinnipeds are a diverse group of semi-aquatic marine mammals that contain the seals, sea lions and the walrus. They are divided in to three different families.  The Phocidae,  the Otariidae, and the Odobenidae.  They are also known as the fin-footed mammals and all of them are carnivorous species. The pinnipeds are a very diverse…

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What is a Mammal?

Mammals are a group of animals with many traits that make them different from other animals. We have laid out the main characteristics of being mammal.  Endothermic (or “warm blooded”) which means they have a set body temperature. Have fur or hair Give birth to their babies alive, as opposed to laying eggs like fish…

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