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Oldest Living Species On The Planet Found Swimming In a Puddle

Hello to all! Today we'd like to introduce you to a very little known animal species. Triops cancriformis, or tadpole shrimp, is a species of tadpole shrimp found in Europe to the Middle East and India. Due to habitat destruction, many populations have recently been lost across its European range, so, the species is considered endangered in the United Kingdom and in several European countries. Tadpole shrimps can be up to 10cm long when fully grown and have a broad oval  shell at their front end and a long slender abdomen, giving them a tadpole-like shape.

This species is considered to be one of the oldest living species on the planet at around 200 million years old. Hold up…how old?! That's right, you read that correctly. This now endangered species has been around for 200 millionnnn years. They live in temporary stands of water and their eggs can survive for a long time in dry sediment. In fact you may have encountered Triops 'kits' in shops - packets of eggs and food from which you can hatch your own small Triops as pets. These are often marketed as 'from the age of the dinosaurs' or 'prehistoric sea monsters.'  Pretty flippin cool.

 

15 images and videos of tadpole shrimps | thumbnail left three tadpole shrimps in water, thumbnail right cartoon tadpole shrimp
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Amazingly Little Known Sea Cow Facts To Peak Your Interest

Did you know that manatees have no natural predators and can even be found peacefully coexisting with alligators?? Neither did we. Turns out, there are a ton of super cool manatee facts that we had no clue about! We love learning more about the earth and all the amazing creatures that call it home. Let's have a go!

Let's learn more here from this PBS article on Manatee facts! These hugeee sea creatures are the most awwdorably gentle giants we have ever seen! They swim slowly through the waters, taking their time without a care in the world. Check out the below video to get a brief overview of the cute wholesome creatures called manatees, and stick around for all the fun facts!

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People Create 3D Hats For Sea Urchins After Finding Out They Use Shells As Hats

When Twitter user, @ok_girlfriend, who also happens to be a biologist, revealed that she just discovered that, "sea urchins naturally use shells as hats to make them feel safer and camouflaged so some aquarist had the genius idea to make them tiny hats." The aquarists 3D printed hats for these little sea creatures and it's indeed genius! We can't get enough of these little sea urchins donning tiny hats! 

Lately, we've been bunnies in hats, snakes in hats, and even hedgehogs in hats -- seems like we have another animal to add to the tiny hat-wearing collection

sea urchins wearing 3d printed hats for protection - thumbnail of sea urchins wearing tiny hats "I was today years old when I learned that sea urchins naturally use shells as hats to make them feel safer and camouflaged so some aquarists had the genius idea to make them tiny hats"
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New Study Reveals Grey Reef Sharks Form Long-Lasting 'Friendships'

Sharks who form long-lasting friendships with one another? That's actually really cute.

According to a team of scientists, in Florida, they have recently discovered that grey reef sharks form long-lasting relationships with one another. Yannis Papastamatiou, a member of the team studying this phenomenon, said "We don't think of sharks as social animals, but they do have social groups."

The grey reef sharks are large-eyed sharks who roam the Pacific and Indian ocean. They are known to be aggressive nocturnal predators but it turns out they have a soft side when it comes to other grey reef sharks. 

Story via The Independent

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Ingenious Shark Comics Are Flipping Fin-tastic

Created by the brilliant Christian Talbot and illustrated by the talented Sophie Hodge, "The Life of Sharks" is the best sea-life comic we've come across!  

Seriously. Not only are these comics really funny, but a lot of them are relevant to events happening in this day and age and done in such a clever and fantastic way. 

And for all the hardcore shark fans out there -- there's an online shop with hilarious shirts and mugs! 



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Japanese Artist Creates Realistic Nature-Inspired Accessories

From handbags to ties and insects to sea dwellers, the Japanese artist, Amanoyakahu, has explored a plethora of accessories and creatures. With the inspiration of nature, the work took realistic shape and Amanoyakahu never looked back! You can follow all the new extraordinary work on Twitter or the website.


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Twitter Page With Videos Of All The Magnificent Creatures Living In The Ocean

The ocean is the biggest diversity of living things, plants, and aquatic animals. And this twitter page just brings us all this wonderful diversity in a collection of daily videos. 

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