Animal Facts

Alaskan Killer Whales sometimes eat deer and moose swimming between islands on the northwest coast of Alaska


Killer whales are some of the fiercest predators not only in the oceans, but in the entire world.

They are found in all oceans, from the arctic and Antarctic to tropical seas, and have no natural predators.

Their prey is just as diverse as the seas they are found in, although individual populations often specialize in a certain type.

Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals like seals, and even large whales.

Land animals can’t be left out of their prey either. They have been known to feed on deer and moose that try to swim between islands off the northwest coast of North America.

Even birds can fall prey to these intelligent hunters. They can actually regurgitate fish to attract birds to the surface and then eat the birds when they go for the fish.

Resident killer whales, as opposed to transient killer whales, have never been observed eating other marine mammals, but they are known to occasionally harass and kill porpoises and seals for no apparent reason.

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The mantis shrimp's punch is so fast, it boils the water around it when delivered and can break aquarium glass.


When you think about the creatures with the most speed and strength in the world, the mantis shrimp probably doesn’t come to mind, but maybe it should. These creatures look more like miniature lobsters than shrimp. At 2-5 inches, they pack quite a punch.

Marine biologist Roy Caldwell learned this in 1975 when he was working at USC Berkley. When showing someone the shrimp, he tapped on the aquarium glass to provoke it. The shrimp was provoked, alright, breaking the glass and flooding the office.

These shrimp come in two varieties that scientists call “smashers” and “spearers”. Smashers crush hard prey such as snails while spearers pierce soft animals using spines on the end of their specialized limbs.

Smashers strike extremely fast. So fast, in fact, that a normal camera can’t pick it up with any detail. A high-speed camera revealed that they swing their “clubs” anywhere from 31 to 52 mph. At the time this was the fastest strike of any animal, in water or on land, but a few land insects have overtaken that. When you consider that it’s a lot easier to move through air than water, it’s hard not to marvel at the speed.

They move so fast that the surrounding water actually boils. This produces destructive bubbles that quickly collapse. While it may not seem like bubbles can do much, this process can destroy ship propellers, pumps and turbines.

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The Blanket Octopus rips off the Portuguese Man O'War's tentacles and uses them for defensive purposes


The blanket octopus is a type of octopus that occupies shallow waters in subtropical and tropical oceans. They are called this because of the long, transparent webs that connect the dorsal and dorsolateral arms of the adult females.

Unlike most species of animals, the females are much larger than the males. They can reach 2 meters in length while the males are only a few centimeters long. The male dies shortly after mating and the female carries nearly 100,000 eggs at the base of her dorsal arm.

The blanket octopus is immune to the poison of the Portuguese Man O’War. This allows the males and immature females to rip off the man o’war’s tentacles and use them for defensive purposes. The females also unfurl their net-like membranes to increase their apparent size.

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In Indonesia Manta Rays are worth 2000 times more alive than dead and Indonesia's ocean is now the largest sanctuary for manta rays in the world


Indonesia has been the world’s largest fishery for rays and sharks for almost 30 years.

A dead manta ray is worth $40-$500 in Indonesia. Manta ray tourism, however, can bring in $1 million during the life span of a single ray! Mantas can live to become 50 years old and can travel in groups of up to 50.

The Indonesian government did the math, figuring a ray is worth 2000 times more alive than when it is dead!

This prompted the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to ban fishing and export of mantas in 2014. Indonesia’s 2.2 million square miles of ocean is now the largest sanctuary for manta rays in the world.

This could not have come at a better time for mantra rays whose population has declined in the last ten years and the ray is now listed as “Vulnerable to Extinction" by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Manta products are mostly sold in the Guangzhou region in southern China as part of a scam, proclaiming the gills can cure everything from chickenpox to cancer and infertility.

But it has no curative properties and are not considered a formal component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In fact, they are not even recognized by traditional medicine practitioners!

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In 2012, a cat saved it's owner after awaking her from a seizure and got her son to call for assistance...the same day it was adopted.


In 2012, Amy Jung went into a diabetic seizure while asleep. Her cat Pudding nudged her awake until she could call out to her son.

The son couldn’t hear her, though, so Pudding went into his room and pounced on him until he woke up and called for medical assistance.

That’s a great story, but it’s not what makes it stand out. The most interesting fact about this is that Jung and her son had only adopted Pudding earlier that very day!

That’s one cat that seems to be very happy with being adopted.

Dogs and cats can both do amazing things. There have been countless accounts of a pet saving its owners life, whether through alerting them to a fire or discovering a tumor.

Dogs get the label of man’s best friend, but cats can be just as helpful.

According to animal psychologist Roger Mugford, cats are as capable as dogs at detecting illnesses in humans, but are less likely to do so because they are they are “very much more selfish, solitary creatures.”

Luckily for Amy Jung, Pudding was looking out for her.

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