- Unimak Island is the farthest west that 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 any 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 chemical sensing 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 ten times more toxic than a rattlesnake’s venom.
- The banded sea krait may be able to absorb one-fifth 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 their 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.
August 28, 2013