- The Southern Royal Albatross is a sea bird that feeds on squids and fish. It's threatened by long-line fishing.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
- Dugongs are related to manatees and are similar in appearance and behavior. Poaching is the major threat to these animals.
- Steelheads are fish that are found on the Southern California coast and in the North Pacific Ocean. Their threats are predation by marine mammals and ocean drift-net fishing.
- The Gray whale is put at risk by whaling. It's skin is gray and contains white patches due to whale lice and patches of barnacles attached to their skin.
- The Borneo shark is a rare organism that lives in the shallow coastal waters of the South Pacific Ocean. This shark is currently threatened by fishing operations.
- The white abalone is an benthic gastropod. A gastropod is a large class of mollusks which includes snails and slugs. Overfishing is a threat to this marine plant.
Endangered animals are plants and animals that exist in small numbers that may be lost forever if we do not take quick action to stop their decline. This blog will provide a list of endangered species that live in each of the five oceans. Saving endangered species is critical to marine ecology. If a plant or animal becomes extinct, it could affect the survival of another organism. This could aid in disruption of a an ecosystem. Loss of a species could also potentially mean the loss of a cure for cancer or a new antibiotic drug. Each living plant or animal is critical to the environment in which they live in. Thus, endangered species should be protected and awareness about these organisms should be increased as well.