Gallery of the Seas
Sometimes certain species and environments are so spectacular they look like works of art, almost too beautiful or strange to believe that they are natural and not man made.
Octopus, sea stars, corals and jellies, animals with bright colors, strange shapes and fascinating movements, are just some of the sea’s living jewels highlighted in our underwater art gallery.
A relative of both squids and octopuses, cuttlefish have eight arms and two tentacles. They are found in shallow water, typically along the ocean’s bottom.
Unlike their kin, cuttlefish do have an internal skeletal structure. Known as cuttlebone, which is the same “cuttlebone” used by bird owners to feed their pets, this bone holds gases that allow the cuttlefish to float.
Cuttlefish are masters of camouflage and can quickly change their color to match their surroundings.
OCTOPUSES have eight arms covered with suckers. They use these arms for locomotion, crawling from coral to coral, and for tasting, feeling and grasping.
Commonly called jellyfish, jellies are not fish, but cnidarians. Most jellies move about by jet propulsion.
Some have tentacles, and some, like Australia’s box jellies, are extremely venomous.
Jellies come in many sizes and shapes, but are more than 99% water no matter how big they are!