The Wondrous World of Sea Life
Marine animals and plants within our oceans are the very essence of an amazing hidden underwater environment of marine biology.
It is a pelagic domain of exhilarating exploration and scientific discovery.
Search our marine species database and educational animal section as we aim to familiarize our readers with comprehensive and stimulating information about common sea life creatures and their habitats.
We delve into the oceanic mysteries of animal ecology and the challenging evolutionary relationships formulated within their saltwater surroundings and sanctuaries.
Go ahead and browse as we develop our list of popular oceanic creatures, their scientific names (marine taxonomy), their often quirky characteristics, awe-inspiring behavior, and their frenzied feeding or predatory habits.
A recent study shows that healthy sea life in the earth's oceans is in imminent risk of extinction and species' endangerment.
The major threats are climate change and over-fishing. We need to address the collapse of the world's natural coral reef formations and target the increase of so-called low oxygen 'dead zones'.
The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) states that this is the only way to reverse the decline and avoid disaster.
Our seas face a 'deadly' combination of high ocean temperatures, high acidification, and low oxygen content (anoxia). These disappointing factors have previously contributed to mass extinctions of certain sea life animals whilst over-fishing accounts for 60% of the known extinction of some marine fishes.
Ocean experts suggest that the prospect of losing sea life species and some entire marine coral reef ecosystems is looking likely within a generation without immediate action.
The world's seas - and fish life within them - account for the main protein source for 20% of the population. Our seas and oceans also help to cycle oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. Coincidentally, CO2 also happens to be the main destructive greenhouse gas from general human activities.
Thousands of zooplankton species perform a crucial role in the food chain. They create a vital link between plants and animals in a range of diverse biospheres.
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