The vast expanse of the ocean is home to a plethora of unique and cute sea creatures that you might have never seen before. Unfortunately, the unfamiliar can be overwhelming to explore, especially if it is down beneath the deep end.
There is no denying that it is scary, with all those big and predatory creatures lurking in the marine world. However, the living beings you can find there are not. From tiny colorful fishes to big fluffy mammals, there is no shortage of cute sea creatures to be seen from the ocean.
Cute Sea Creatures
Perhaps you’re interested to know about the cute sea creatures in the ocean. Read on below to understand their nature and find out why people love them.
If you grew up watching Dumbo, the elephant, and saw how cute it was, this octopus will capture your attention—named after the Disney character Dumbo with its large fins that look like huge ears. Their iconic ear-like fins help them propel through the water and look like they are floating around the water, just like how a dumbo flies with his ears.
Known to be the deepest living species of octopus, reaching depths of about 4,000 meters. However, living in such harsh and cold conditions, these rare creatures are hard to find.
Green Sea Turtle
Many love old and wise green sea turtles with their docile nature and simple leafy green diet. They get their name, not from their color but the layer of fat between their shells, likely caused by their vegetable diet.
They lay their eggs and nest along coastlines worldwide, and these eggs are very sensitive. Their eggs have a hard time hatching successfully since the eggs are very delicate and require a lot of care. When these cuties do hatch, their tiny offspring are very tempting to take home and care for, but their species are endangered and are not advised to be petted.
Axolotls are adorable amphibians that live underwater their whole lives. Their whole body looks like a squishy toy that kids like to play with. Only Found in the waters of Lake Xochimilco in Mexico. Many aquarium owners love to add these amphibians to their tanks.
They keep their adorable looks forever since they barely age and look like babies their entire lives. Amphibians are known to have regenerative properties, but axolotls can regenerate any limb they need.
Their name comes from the Aztecs, which translates their language into water dogs. Ancient Aztecs revered these creatures, linking them to their dog-headed god of fire named Xolotl.
Seahorses are tiny fishes with an uncanny resemblance to horses with their heads and bodies that look like they could gallop through the ocean. Pygmy seahorses are one of the tiniest seahorses you could ever find, measuring as small as 1.4 centimeters.
Their tiny bodies are vulnerable to many predators of the ocean, so they have adapted to rely on their camouflage. Their colorful bodies are perfect for hiding, along with corals and anemones present in their natural habitat.
Popularized by the 2003 Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios Film ‘Finding Nemo’, fans of the movie easily recognize these fish. They are also known as anemonefish, as they have anemones for their shelters, and at the same time, this is where the female clownfish lay their eggs during the mating seasons.
Anemones also have symbiotic relationships with clown fishes as they benefit from being with one another. Clownfish help remove parasites and provide nutrients to anemones with their poop. The crazy thing about clownfish birth is that they are all born as males, and only one dominant female is responsible for birthing. When the female dies, the largest male will turn into a female.
Blue Ocean Slug
They are commonly known as blue dragons because they resemble the shape of a dragon. These tiny blue ocean slugs are found floating in currents of tropical oceans around the world.
As majestic as dragons are, these tiny slugs use their deep blue coloration on top and silver bottoms as camouflage in the ocean to avoid detection from predators. But, don't be fooled by its tiny and defenseless look because it has stingers that can pack a punch enough to kill humans.
As cute and majestic as these sea creatures can be, it is not advised to keep them as pets mainly because of their dangerous stingers and their diet. They like to feast on corals, algae, and even larger prey like the Portuguese man o’ war which has deadly venoms that dragons use for their stingers.
The fluffiest baby animals you could ever see swimming in the cold arctic oceans. The harp seal has really cute deep black eyes and a fluffy silver coat. These social animals swim in the ocean eighty percent of the time, spending less time on land.
Harp seal pups need their furry coat to help absorb the sunlight and stay warm as they develop fat to resist the cold, harsh weather of the arctic. Growing up, these seals can reach the ages of thirty and can be as heavy as 190 kilograms.
If you're looking for fish to keep in your aquarium, the flame angelfish is one good specimen to keep in your tank. These fiery redfish are easy to keep and easily flourish in your aquarium with other fishes.
Their body is a bright red and yellow with black stripes and has blue streaks on their fins. These fish would stand out in the water and attract everyone who looks. Moreover, they are very easy to keep since their food can be easily bought from pet stores everywhere.
Most of the time, sea creatures can look scary and ugly, but nature has some charming characters. These are just some of the cutest animals you might want to see, but there could be more out there that haven't been discovered.
More importantly, some of these cute sea creatures are having a hard time surviving and thriving on their own. It should go without saying, but we must help preserve the ocean life and help them out.
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