Did You Know?
Latin names are very important. They help limit confusion in species identification.
Most Latin names translate into descriptions of the animals. Oncorhynchus is the genus for trout and salmon; it translates into "hooked snout".
One oyster can filter 190 litres of water a day!
Pacific geoduck clams can live up to 156 years! You can count the growth rings on the shell to estimate age, similar to counting the rings of a tree.
Sunflower stars are one of the fastest sea stars in the world! Because they have up to 24 arms, they can move an inch per second. Watch this amazing video.
All of the seaweed in the Salish Sea is edible! You have probably eaten a local species called Nori if you have ever eaten sushi.
The giant Pacific octopus has three hearts! There is one heart for each gill and one for the body. This is to compensate for poor circulation.
Leather stars smell like garlic! This is thought to deter predators. The strong odour released is too much for many animals.
Mussels attach to rocks with strong, sticky threads called byssus threads! The can also use these threads to tie up predatory snails that get too close.
If you were to put your thumb on a sea otter, there would be more hair under your thumb than you have on your whole body! Sea otters have 1 million hairs per square inch of their body.
The hooded nudibranch smells like watermelon! Nudibranch translates to “naked gills”. They have finger-like projections on their back for breathing. These increase the surface area for gas exchange.
A sea pen is a soft coral which can completely withdraw into the ocean bottom when disturbed. Sea pens can also glow in the dark!
Rockfish give birth to live young rather than eggs! The babies are born tail first, and arrive in groups of around 40 at a time.