Showing posts with label Mollusks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mollusks. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Colossal Squid


An invertibrate is an animal without a skeleton, like an Octopus or squid.

The largest invertibrate ever discovered is the colossal squid.

It was discovered in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.
The colossal squid was around 40 feet long, that's about 7 times taller than a normal person, and as tall as a four story house!

We don't know much about the colossal squid, because we've only ever seen a few in real life!

(from: wikipedia - colossal squid)


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Octopus


The octopus is a strange looking animal, mostly because it has no bones!
The only hard part is their beak which they use to eat with.

The octopus has three hearts, two for their gills and one for the rest of their bodies.

octopus
(from: wikipedia - octopus)

Octopuses are very good at hiding and getting away from danger.
They can squeeze into small spaces since they don't have bones, spit out ink to confuse their enemies, change colors, and if an enemy grabs one of their legs they can even let it get ripped off!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Snail eye stalks, feet and shells


When you look at a snail's head, those two things sticking out are the snail's eye stalks
and their eyes are located right on the end of them.
snail
(from: wikipedia - land snails)

The slimy bottom of a land snail that moves along the ground is called the snail's foot,
but it doesn't look or act much like our feet do!
snail bottom

Snail shells are always a part of the body, and the shell grows with the size of the snail.