Resources About Marine Life For Kids

Marine Biology & Oceanography section of The Free Resource covers topics such as: Marine Life, Marine Habitats, Marine Biology, Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, and Oceanography.

This is an exciting field that studies all aspects of the marine environment, looking at the diverse habitats and creatures living in the sea from Antarctica to the balmy tropics, and then down from surface waters to the darkest depths of the ocean.

Unfortunately, overfishing, pollution, and global warming threaten many critical habitats, making conservation efforts ever more necessary. Of course, conservation efforts begin with education – which can start with taking marine biology classes or simply reading a few marine biology articles.

Facts About Stingrays For Kids

Stingrays are a group of sea rays, which are cartilaginous fish related to sharks. They are classified in the suborder Myliobatoidei of the order Myliobatiformes and consist of eight families. Stingrays, with their wide, flat bodies, may not look like fish, but they are. Scientific name: Myliobatoidei Higher classification: Stingrays Common Name: Stingrays Type: Fish Life Span: 15 to […]

Albacore Tuna Facts For Kids

Albacore tuna are a species of tuna fish that migrate around the world in semi-shallow waters of oceans and seas. They are not bottom-dwellers like cod and haddock. However, they are a warm-blooded species and they are able to regulate their internal body temperature in order to survive in very cold waters. Albacore tuna is one of the most commonly fished species in the world. […]

Tiger Shark Facts For Kids

The tiger shark is a species of requiem shark and the only extant member of the genus Galeocerdo and is also known as sea tiger, but it should not be confused with another species called leopard shark. It is a large macropredator, capable of attaining a length over 5 m. It is called “tiger” because […]

Hammerhead Shark Facts For Kids

The hammerhead sharks are a group of sharks in the family Sphyrnidae, so named for the unusual and distinctive structure of their heads, which are flattened and laterally extended into a “hammer” shape called a cephalofoil. The distinctive shaped hammer head of these ocean predators is called a cephalofoil, and it has some small variations among the different species of […]

Shark Facts For Kids

Sharks are a group of elasmobranch fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Sharks are amazing fish that have been around since long before the dinosaurs existed. They live in waters all over the world, […]

Facts about The Bull Shark For Kids

The bull shark, also known as the Zambezi shark in Africa, and Lake Nicaragua shark in Nicaragua, is a requiem shark commonly found worldwide in warm, shallow waters along coasts and in rivers. The bull shark is known for its aggressive nature, predilection for warm shallow water, and presence in brackish and freshwater systems including […]

Facts About Blue Marlin For Kids

The blue marlin is placed in the genus Makaira. This name is derived from the Greek word machaira, meaning “a short sword or bent dagger”, and the Latin machaera, “sword”. The specific epithet nigricans is Latin for “becoming black”. Common Name: Blue Marlin Scientific Name: Makaira nigricans Type: Fish Diet: Carnivores Group Name: School Life Span: 27 years (females); 18 years (males) Size: Up to 14 ft Weight: […]

The Importance of Whales for our Survival

Every year, as the whales migrate north from Antarctica to escape the cold winter and to mate in warmer waters, thousands of people in Australia head to the coastline and jump on boats to experience the joy of seeing a whale up close in their natural habitat. Although there are strict guidelines about how close […]

The Pufferfish Facts For Kids

The enormous starry pufferfish, Arothron stellatus markings are bold and startling in the cobalt hue of the water. The pufferfish is curious and unthreatened by a divers presence sailing slowly but deliberately along the reef. World’s Most Poisonous There are around 189 pufferfish species worldwide, while many inhabit estuarine environments, they are found mainly in the tropical […]

Dolphins Facts for Kids

Dolphins are marine mammals closely related to whales and porpoises. There are almost forty species of dolphin in 17 genera. They vary in size from 4 ft and 90 lb, up to 30 ft and 10 tons. They are found worldwide, mostly in the shallower seas of the continental shelves, and are carnivores, eating mostly fish and squid. There are […]

Facts about Sailfish for Kids

Sailfish are a genus Istiophorus of billfish living in warmer sections of all the oceans of the world. They are predominantly blue to gray in colour and have a characteristic erectile dorsal fin known as a sail, which often stretches the entire length of the back. No differences have been found in mtDNA, morphometrics or meristics between […]

Ocean Animals Fun Facts for Kids

Ocean life is noted for its phenomenal diversity, a range of varieties and species that surpass the imagination, with a dazzling array of colors and luminescence that may be exotic. Looking through a glass floored boat or deep sea diving gives a hint of the living richness that moves within the seabed. From the hugest whale mammal to the tiniest microscopic […]

Facts about The Intrusive Atlantic Lionfish For Kids

Lionfish, from the Pacific ocean are sought after for marine aquariums in North America. Off of the Atlantic coast in the United States, the Gulf of Mexico, and into the Caribbean, though, this predatory fish has become an invasive species, threatening marine and reef ecosystems. It is believed that lionfish were introduced into this region when 6 of them escaped from a Florida aquarium in […]

Fish Facts and List of Popular Fish

A fish is any aquatic vertebrate animal that is covered with scales, and equipped with two sets of paired fins and several unpaired fins. Most fish are “cold-blooded”, allowing their body temperatures to vary as ambient temperatures change. They can be found in nearly all aquatic environments, from high mountain streams to the abyssal and […]

Facts about Swordfish for Kids

Swordfish also known as broadbill in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat bill.They are a popular sport fish of the billfish category, though elusive. Swordfish are elongated, round-bodied, and lose all teeth and scales by adulthood. The swordfish is named after its bill resembling a sword. This makes it superficially similar […]

Krill Facts and Its Importance to the Antarctic Ecosystem

Krill are small, shrimp-like crustaceans that are the main food source for many marine animals and fish. Also known as euphausiids, these small invertebrates, or animals without a backbone, are found in oceans all over the world. The name “krill” is a Norwegian word meaning “young fry of fish.” Shrimplike marine invertebrates that grow no bigger than about two […]

Facts about Squids for Kids

Like all other cephalopods, squid have a distinct head, bilateral symmetry, a mantle, and arms. Squid, like cuttlefish, have eight arms arranged in pairs and two, usually longer, tentacles. Squid are members of the class Cephalopoda, subclass Coleoidea, order Teuthida, which has two major suborders, Myopsina and Oegopsina. Squid are strong swimmers and certain species can […]

Facts about The Atlantic Salmon for Kids

The way for a customer to find the freshest Atlantic salmon is through sight and smell. This is true whether the salmon is whole, in fillets, or in luscious, glistening horseshoe shaped steaks. The customer should inspect the fish! The gills of the whole fish are red and healthy, the eyes are clear and bright. The white flesh between the […]

Whale Facts For Kids

Known to be the king and queens of the sea, whales have certain qualities that make them truly unique creatures. Understanding them is a task that one must undertake in order to realize their significance in the world’s ecosystem. Anatomy of a Whale Whales are mammals like humans and as a result, they are warm-blooded and they feed […]

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