Fascinating Ocean Facts

Here are some fascinating facts you may not have known about my oceanic friends! If you know all of these, you are a destined to be a mermaid^~^

– Dolphins only sleep with half of their brain and one eye open, to come up for air and be on watch.
– Sea otters hold hands in their sleep to avoid drifting away from each other.
– Manta Rays can have a wingspan of over 30ft.
– The top predator of the ocean, is in fact, the Killer Whale (orca), not the Great White Shark.
– U.S. research from the 1980s estimated a 66-pound meal of mammal blubber could sustain a one-ton Great White shark for more than six weeks. That gave way to assumptions that large sharks could survive long periods without eating. However, a University of Tasmania-led study published this week in Scientific Reports on the nature.com website found that 30 kilos was only enough for 12-15 days. (News.discover.com)
– 170, 243, 000 dolphins live on the earth, 33 different species.
– You can tell the age of a fish by looking at the number of rings on its scales, like a tree stump.
– A sea turtle’s gender is determined by the temperature of the nest.

Have anymore fun ocean facts? Let me know!
P.S.- Here’s some belugas

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Scuba Diving

So hereĀ“s my scuba story so far. When I was 12 I got a scuba lessons through PADI for christmas so my dad and I could have something to do together as the years went on. My first open water certification was in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico. I had so much fun interacting with other divers and deckhands and seeing ll the unique ocean life! My dad and I have only dove in La Jolla, California and San Carlos, Mexico. Then I went to SeaCamp San Diego and dove for the first time without my dad and with my best friends instead. We went to the Channel Islands, San Clemente (Black Caverns and Little Flower) and it was GORGEOUS. We say sting rays, Giant Black Sea Bass, gobys, rockfish, scorpionfish, crabs, sea lions, and when wee went on our night snorkel we even saw squid, terapods, sea lions, tunicates, and bioluminescent plankton. I am about to get Nitrox certified and become an advanced diver. Oh! So we know the marine technician at the scripps institute and aquarium. Named Phil, we caught zebra goby’s for my research project AND to go on display at the aquarium! Scuba diving is awesome and I’d much rather be underwater than on land.

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Summer

This. Has been. The greatest summer. EVER. I have been doing so many fun things and meeting so many fun people (ooh lala) sat camp, racquet club, seacamp, staying in Cali for 3 weeks, now I am heading back home!!
I’ve also seen my cousins and been there for grandmas 95th birthday!

Learning time a day away from travel

Just learned a boat load of info about the ‘mysterious’ frilled, 6 gill and 7 gill sharks and I am about to dive with the aggressive 7 gill yay!._. So if anyone wants to know literally anything about sharks or my favorite, cetaceans (dolphins, whales, porpoises) I’m your mermaid! I’ve got a knack for marine life knowledge and geekism;) btw the second pic is supposed to be an inflection(if that’s the right word) of me

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