This small crustacean, measuring just 1-2 inches (3-5 cm) and native to the Indo-Pacific region, derives one of its common names from its red and white coloration resembling a popular holiday treat – candy canes! (see image…)
As one of the most recognizable ocean animals, this creature brings to mind trips to tide pools, walks along the shore and stays in beach houses, but this “fish” isn’t even a fish at all! (click to reveal Day 11)
Don’t worry about these animals living in and eating your decorated holiday evergreen. The Spirobranchus giganteus – commonly known as the Christmas Tree Worm – are named not for their habitat or diet, but for their appearance! (see image…)
Christmas Island is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean known for its famous residents – found no where else in the world – the Christmas Island Red Crabs.
Christmas Island Red Crabs are around 4.5 inches (11.6 cm) and commonly found in the island rainforests. (see image…)
Usually found in the canopies of lowland tropical rainforests of the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and northeastern Australia, the males and females of this bird were originally thought to be two separate species – the Eclectus Parrot! (see image…)
Few animals are as recognizable and beloved as these feathered, flightless and famous celebrities of the South Pole.
Endemic to Antarctica, standing 4 ft (120 cm) tall and weighing 90 lbs (40 kg), Emperor Penguins are the largest of the 17 penguin species. (see image…)
Along rocky cliffs lives the lovable black and white seabirds often nicknamed “clowns of the sea” and “sea parrots”. But these aren’t penguins – they’re Puffins! (see image…)
Found in every ocean of the world, it is the top predator of the sea. With its striking black and white coloring, this is none other than Orcinus orca – the Killer Whale. (see image…)
Often called the “Unicorn of the Sea”, this legendary Arctic inhabitant with its unique tusk is the Narwhal. (see image…)
With a name derived from an old Russian word for ‘white’, these Arctic inhabitants are the only whales, not albino or leucistic, that are known to be completely white – the Beluga. (see image…)
Easily identified by their size and distinctive tusks, they are one of the largest and most recognizable members of the Pinnipeds – which include seals and sea lions. A common resident of the Arctic range, the Walrus. (see image…)
Perhaps one of the most iconic animals of the Arctic, it is the largest of its species and the largest carnivore on land. Females weigh between 300 – 550 lbs. (120 – 250kg) and can be up to 8 feet (2.4m) tall when standing, while males can weigh as much as 1500 lbs. (680kg) and stand up to 10 feet (3m) tall. This powerful predator is the Polar Bear. (see image…)
Often found in slow moving rivers, canals, estuaries and coastal waters, they are the only herbivorous animal to live their entire lives in water. These rather graceful creatures are at home in both fresh and salt water but most commonly found in the brackish waters of inter-coastal waterways – though they do need frequent access to warmer fresh water found in inland rivers.
The species found in Florida (…read more)
With a cat-like face, a body like a bear and an almost monkey-like tail, it’s easy to see why this animal is sometimes called a bearcat. This unique old world mammal is neither bear nor cat but (…read more)
Somewhere in the Ituri Forest, a dense rain forest located in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, lives an animal rarely seen – so rare that is was unknown to science until 1901. (read more)
Found in the floodplain grasslands and woodlands of India and Nepal, these enormous creatures can weigh up to 6,000 pounds but are surprisingly swift and nimble. The Indian Rhinoceros can charge at speeds of 25 mph. Though possessing poor eyesight, the Indian Rhino (like other rhino species) has sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell. These solitary animals are (read more)
With a length of just 5 feet long and weighing just 120 pounds, the world’s smallest porpoise bears a name that is a Spanish word meaning “little cow.” The Vaquita is the rarest marine mammal in the world with only 30 animals (read more)
The image of a shark usually involves a sleek, fast predator with razor sharp teeth hunting down prey of all types. This shark breaks that mold in nearly every way. (read more)
Though it’s distinguishing snout can be used as a weapon, it also serves as a (…read more
With a sickle-like tail that can be as long as its entire body, these highly athletic sharks are one of the most recognizable species.
With a soecialized hunting technique, Thresher Sharks often (…read more)
Often seen swimming slowly at the surface, it is only one of three sharks that (…read more)
Powerful prowlers of warm tropical waters, these dangerous creatures are known to consume most anything.
With powerful teeth that can crush (…read more)
Swift, sleek and sharp – three words that describe these amazing animals. The fastest of all sharks, the Shortfin Mako can maintain speeds of (…read more)
The largest predatory fish in the world is as famous as it is feared. This mighty creature is often believed to be an indiscriminate killer. (…read more)
Found from southern Canada to South America, these creatures are the smallest of the (…read more)
Found only in the Western Hemisphere with hundreds of different kinds in the American tropics and over a dozen varieties in the United States, the hummingbird is (…read more)
Soaring above the Amazon rain forest with their brightly colored plumage on display, these striking birds are (…read more)
Found burrowing the riverbanks of eastern Australia and Tasmania, these strange-looking mammals emerge at dusk to feed. (…read more)
They are the fastest creatures in the animal kingdom, reaching speeds over 200 mph during their impressive hunting dives, called “stoops.” These birds of prey, or raptors, get their name (…read more)
First described in 1825 as the original panda, this animal has been known by many names. Found in the mountains of (…read more)