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Bot Flies

Bot fly

Bot flies (Order Diptera, Family Cuterebridae) are large, stout bodied, hairy flies that resemble bumblebees. The botfly egg is deposited by a mosquito or sometimes by another insect. The larva grows in the host’s body until it is fairly large. The botfly larva can easily be killed by taking away its air supply — by Read More

Pink River Dolphin

Pink Dolphin

The amazon river dolphins or botos are born grey and become pinker with age. This is because, as the dolphin grows older, its skin becomes more translucent allowing the blood to show through. When excited, they will flush to a bright pink temporarily, like your face might when you get embarrassed or excited. They have Read More

American Black Duck

American Black Duck

Black Duck in flight Maslowski Photo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image Source The American Black Duck is a large dabbling duck that looks very similar to a female Mallard. They are mostly brown with a purple-blue wing patch. They have reddish legs and olive to yellow bills. Black Ducks like to eat aquatic plants, Read More

American Clawed Lobster

American Clawed Lobster

Roberto Rodriguez Image Source The American Clawed Lobster is also known as the Atlantic Lobster or Maine Lobster. They can be found along the North Atlantic coast of North America. Lobsters are large marine crustaceans. They are closely related shrimp and crabs. They are also related to insects!They have ten legs, with their front legs Read More

American Crocodile

American Crocodile

An American Crocodile exiting the water in Mexico. By Tomás Castelazo Image Source The American Crocodile is a reptile that lives in North, Central, and South America. Although crocodiles are found in some of the same areas as alligators, crocodiles live in different habitats. Alligators need fresh water to survive, while crocodiles have adapted to Read More

Antarctic Fur Seal

Antarctic Fur Seal

During the November to January breeding season, nearly 4 million Antarctic fur seals crowd the cobble beaches of Antarctica, but 100 years ago the species was nearly extinct. Clothing made from the pelts of fur seals was highly fashionable in the United States and United Kingdom, and this fashion trend spurred fur traders to hunt Read More

Arctic Char

Artic Char

This arctic char has a silver coloring on its sides and stomach. It was probably caught in or near saltwater. Saibling Image Source Char are closely related to salmon, although they are technically a member of the trout family. Like salmon, arctic char can live in fresh and salt water during different periods of their Read More

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin

Captain John Rothchild The Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin is a social mammal. They can be found in warm, shallow, inland temperate and tropical oceans or seas. This type of dolphin is the largest of the beaked dolphins, with males being considerably larger. In the wild, these dolphins eat squid, shrimp, eels, and varieties of fish and Read More

Atlantic Horseshoe Crab

Atlantic Horseshoe Crab

An adult Atlantic Horseshoe Crab on a beach Bill Perry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image Source Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs have a large protective shell. They have long spine-like tails and ten legs. Their shells are tan to dark brown and their legs are dark reddish brown with white markings. They have “book gills” that Read More

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image Source The Atlantic Puffin is a small sea bird that looks like a clown. They have multicolored bills and white cheeks. They are stocky black and white birds with large heads and orange legs. They spend most of their time at sea in the North Atlantic Ocean. The only Read More