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This Yellow Shrimpgoby is on the lookout for danger while his blind shrimp room mate maintains their home down below. The two have a symbiotic relationship, as the Goby is unable to dig and the Shrimp is unable to see
"Zum zum zum" were the only words I really understood when that Oriya-speaking fisherman described this fish.
An Indian electric ray (Narcine timlei) brought up by a shore seine on Gopalpur beach, Orissa. Electric rays have a pair of large internal electric organs towards the front of their 'disc'. These fish can produce electric discharges in defence, and many of them do it to stun prey as well. The organs of these rays are generally not wired (pun intended) to give off discharges fatal to humans, but they do pack a punch that is definitely strong enough for a human to feel.
Zum zum zum indeed.
Despite their very large size, the manta ray eats tiny plankton. They constantly swim along with their large mouths open, filtering plankton and other small food from the water. To aid in this strategy, mantas have specialized flaps, known as cephalic lobes, which help direct more water and food into their mouths. 📸: Shutterstock #ocean#manta#marinelife#ray
Orcas are the ocean’s top predators, capable of killing anything from fish to birds and sharks to baleen whales. Across three dietary eco-types, resident (fish-eating), transient (mammal-eating) and offshore (fish-and-shark-eating), orcas have developed sophisticated hunting techniques, many of which co-operative, to successfully prey on more than 140 species of animals.
In their wild habitat, orcas spend between 65% to 90% of daylight hours foraging and hunting for food. However, in captivity, orcas are stripped of the ability to forage and given no opportunity to hunt live prey. Instead, they are hand fed a diet of frozen fish which has a lower water content than fresh fish due to freezing and thawing processes, leading to chronic dehydration.
One of the causes for dorsal fin collapse (also known as flaccid fin syndrome) is linked to dehydration. Collagen, the structural protein the dorsal fin consists of, requires water to maintain its rigid structure, therefore, dehydration will weaken the structure causing the dorsal fin to collapse. To counteract the lower water content diet, captive orca are given ice and gelatine (a substance that is not natural to them) in attempt to keep them hydrated. Tilikum, who weighed 12,000 lbs, consumed 83 pounds of gelatine a day prior to his death in January 2017.
Caption courtesy of @inherentlywild’s website