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King Penguin

King Penguin

King Penguins lying on a beach Laurent Demongin Image Source King Penguins live on island beaches and hunt in the sea. Unlike Emperor and Adelie penguins, they do not spend months at a time living on the pack ice (a band of enormous floating ice blocks that encircles Antarctica). Rather, adult King Penguin mates spend Read More

Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull

Adult laughing gull U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Image Source Laughing Gulls are medium-sized gulls with long wings and legs. They have a body that is all white with the exception of their head which switches from a black color in the summer to white in the winter. Juvenile body feathers are brownish but they Read More

Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerhead Turtle

A youg loggerhead turtle swims in the ocean near Panama City, Florida. Courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Image Source Loggerhead sea turtles spend almost all of their lives swimming in the ocean, but they are born on land. When it is time to lay eggs, mother turtles leave the ocean and Read More

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

A female frigatebird soars in flight. By Mark Putney Image Source The magnificent frigatebird is a large, mostly black bird that lives near the ocean in temperate and tropical regions of North America. Frigatebirds have a large wingspan that allows them to fly for long periods of time without much effort. Frigatebirds eat fish and Read More

Manatee

Manatee

Manatees move slowly through the water. Schools of fish sometimes take shelter around and underneath a manatee. Courtesy of the NCTC Image Library Image Source Manatees are large mammals that live in the oceans. An adult manatee is around 10 feet long and weighs around 1,000 pounds. Manatees breathe air, but they spend most of Read More

Marbled Murrelet

Marbled Murrelet

Marbled murrelet swimming U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gus Van Vilet Image Source The Marbled Murrelet is a small seabird from the North Pacific.  It nests in old-growth forests or on the ground at higher latitudes where trees cannot grow. The murrelet feeds on small fish and invertebrates in the ocean during the day and Read More

Marsh Periwinkle

Marsh Periwinkle

Marsh periwinkles live inside of shells that they make.This marsh periwinkle snail has crawled out of the salt marsh and onto a boardwalk or wooden deck. By Graham D. Schuster Image Source Marsh Periwinkle snails live in coastal salt marshes along the east coast of North America. They live as far north as New York, Read More

Marsh Rice Rat

Marsh Rice Rat

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Wikimedia Commons Image Source Marsh rice rats are medium-sized rodents that have water-repellent fur and are good swimmers. They eat the soft underwater parts of plants as well as insects, snails, bird eggs, and other small animals. Marsh rice rats live in salt marshes and other wet and Read More

Mink

Mink

A mink is eating a fish. Boreal Forest Library Image Source Did you know that mink are in the same family as weasels and pine martens?Mink are part of the mustelid family. These animals live alone along riverbanks and lake shores. What do mink look like?They have dark brown fur with a light colored patch Read More

Moon Jelly

Moon Jelly

These moon jellies are illuminated by lights in an aquarium. By Luc Viatour Image Source Moon jellies float and swim in currents off the east coast of North America from Maine to Florida. Their translucent, round, umbrella-shaped bodies grow up to 10 inches across. Moon jellies have many short fringe-like tentacles that extend from the Read More