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A giant Pacific octopus swims towards it's den with it's catch of crabs for the day.  Hes continually changing colors. Hes got different browns, greens, different shades of orange going on.

A giant Pacific octopus swims towards it's den with it's catch of crabs for the day. Hes continually changing colors. Hes got different browns, greens, different shades of orange going on. (View larger version)

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  • Unimak Island is the farthest west brown bears are found in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

  • 30,000 brown bears are estimated to live in Alaska.

  • Coastal brown bears are larger and slightly differently colored than grizzly bears.

  • On all fours, brown bears are about 3.5 feet tall, but standing on their hind legs, they reach 6-7 feet in height.

  • Male brown bears weigh upwards of 800 lbs, nearly twice as much as the females.

  • Brown bears have claws that can be almost as long as a human finger, which they use for digging dens and unearthing plant roots to eat.

  • Brown bears have poor eyesight, so they rely on hearing and smelling as their primary senses.

  • Brown bears can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour.

  • Brown bears may lose up to 40% of their body while hibernating over winter.

  • The peacock mantis shrimp can be found in the Indo-Pacific from Guam to East Africa.

  • A mantis shrimp can strike its prey at up to 51 miles per hour.

  • Mantis shrimp have four times as many photoreceptors for color as sophisticated vision system in the animal kingdom.

  • The giant Pacific octopus can grow to lengths of 30 feet across and weigh more than 600 lbs.

  • Each of the female giant Pacific octopus’ eight arms has 280 suckers. Each individual sucker is equipped with thousands of sensing chemical receptors.

  • The giant Pacific octopus lives only three to five years.

  • The giant Pacific octopus has only one hard part in its body – its beak – and can fit through nearly any space its beak can.

  • If a giant Pacific octopus used all 2,000 of its suckers at once, it could pull more than 700 lbs using this suction force.

  • The Hairy frogfish can swallow prey up to twice its own size.

  • The banded sea krait is highly venomous; its potent venom is 10 times more toxic than a rattlesnake’s venom.

  • The banded sea krait may be able to absorb 1/5 of its total needed oxygen through its skin, and can expel most of its carbon dioxide the same way.

  • Neither wolf nor eel, the wolf eel actually belongs to a group of fish called, “wolffish.”

  • Hawksbill Sea Turtles stomachs contain tiny glassy shards due to sponge-filled diet.

  • The sunflower sea star can extrude its stomach to digest food externally.

  • The fastest fish in the ocean, sailfish can reach speeds of 68 miles (110 kilometers) per hour.

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