Sea urchins are globular, spiny sea creatures that make up the class Echinoidea. There are around 950 species of sea urchin, and they inhabit the seabed of every ocean and every depth zone, from the tide line to 15,000 feet deep. The name urchin is an old word for hedgehog, which … [Read more...]
What Animals Live In The Atlantic Ocean?
The Atlantic Ocean makes about 29% of the total world ocean waters.
It is home to a wide variety of aquatic plant life and marine animals, both vertebrates and invertebrates. Here are a selection of animal species that call this ocean their home.
The common octopus (scientific name: Octopus vulgaris) is a mollusk belonging to the class Cephalopoda, the family Octopodidae and the genus Octopus. It is the most studied of all the octopus species.The common octopus is most famous for its eight legs. It is a cosmopolitan … [Read more...]
The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) is, as its name suggests, a very large squid that belongs to the family Architeuthidae and the genus Architeuthis. These squid can reach a size of 12 to 13 m (39 to 43 ft) and exhibits deep-sea gigantism, meaning they are extremely large for … [Read more...]
Krill are small crustaceans of the order Euphausiacea, and are found in all the world's oceans. They belong to the class Malacostraca, which contains some 40,000 species of crustaceans, and includes the superorder Eucarida comprising the three orders, Euphausiacea (krill), … [Read more...]
Bigfin squid are a group of cephalopods in the genus Magnapinna and family Magnapinnidae. Little is known about the big fin squid as no adult specimens have ever been captured or sampled. Nonetheless, these animals are notable for their arms and tentacles that are extremely long … [Read more...]
The Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) is also known as the seawolf, Atlantic catfish, ocean catfish, devil fish, wolf eel, woof or sea cat. It is a marine fish of the wolffish family Anarhichadidae and is native to the North Atlantic Ocean. It belongs to the genus Anarhichas … [Read more...]
Moray eels, comprising the family Muraenidae, are a family of eels whose members are found worldwide. There are approximately 200 species in 15 genera which are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water, and a few are found in fresh … [Read more...]
Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (all living turtles belong to the crown group Chelonia), most of whose body is shielded by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs. The top part of the shell is called a carapace and the bottom is called the … [Read more...]
Sea lions are marine mammals and members of the suborder Pinnipedia (which in Latin means 'fin-footed' or 'winged foot'). Together with the fur seals, they constitute the Otariidae family, collectively known as eared seals.There are seven species of Sea Lion worldwide but are … [Read more...]
The Grey Seal is found on both shores of the North Atlantic Ocean.The Grey Seal is a large seal of the family Phocidae or 'true seals'. It is the only species classified in the genus 'Halichoerus'.Its name is alternatively spelled Gray seal and it is also known as … [Read more...]