Oceanic | Marine Animals

The oceanic biome is by far the largest biome on Earth with 70% of the Earth being covered by the ocean. It is estimated that 1 million species live in the ocean, with most of those, about 95%, being invertebrates, like jellyfish and shrimp. There are also a few mammals, like Dolphins and Sea Lions, that live in the ocean with the largest being the Blue Whale. Although the ocean is one continuous body water, there are five different oceans: the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Antarctic, and Arctic. Being such a vast biome, it is believed that only about 5% of the ocean has been explored—leaving many more species of plants and animals undiscovered.

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Giant Squid
Size comparison illustration of a Giant Squid compared to a scuba diver with overall length dimensions

The Giant squid, considered to be the largest living invertebrate, is a cephalopod that finds its habitat in temperate to subtropical marine waters. Due to it being a deep-ocean dweller, the giant squid can grow to an enormous size. It is characterized by having a head, a mantle with two large fins attached, eight arms, and two tentacles. Suckers can be found on the tentacles and are used to catch prey while its large eyes are thought to aid it in discerning the shapes of nearby predators. In pop culture, the giant squid is depicted as a menacing sea monster.

Giant Squids have a broad overall length between 33’-59’ (10-18 m) and a width of 3’-5’6” (.91-1.68 m). An average Giant Squid weighs between 440-2,000 lb (200-907 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 2-5 years.

Side elevation drawing of a Giant Squid in a swimming posture
The Giant squid, considered to be the largest living invertebrate, is a cephalopod that finds its habitat in temperate to subtropical marine waters. The giant squid can grow to an enormous size and is characterized by having a head, a mantle with two large fins, eight arms, and two tentacles.

Giant Squids have a broad overall length between 33’-59’ (10-18 m) and a width of 3’-5’6” (.91-1.68 m). An average Giant Squid weighs between 440-2,000 lb (200-907 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 2-5 years.

Side elevation drawing of a Giant Squid in a swimming posture
Giant Squid
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Scientific Name
Architeuthis
Lifespan
2-5 years

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Giant Squid floating elevation, swimming

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Common Bottlenose Dolphin
Dimensioned side elevation drawing of a Common Bottlenose Dolphin measured for length with a scuba diver for scale

Common Bottlenose Dolphins are long-beaked dolphins and are also one of the most well-known water mammals on the planet. Their popular exposure in marine parks and high-trafficked beaches have contributed to their global presence. Bottlenose Dolphins can swim at an average of 15 mph (24km/h) and dive for 20 minutes but commonly hit the surface every 3 minutes. Common bottlenose dolphins hunt eels, squid, and fish and they swallow their food whole. Keeping a healthy diet, these dolphins can live up to 50 years.

The typical Bottlenose Dolphin has an overall height of 2’1”-2’11” (64-89 cm) and body length of 10’-14’ (310-430 cm). An average Bottlenose Dolphin weighs between 300-1,400 lb (136-625 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 20-30 years.

Collection of illustrations of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin drawn from the top, front and jumping positions
Common Bottlenose Dolphins are a species of long-beaked dolphins and one of the most well-known water mammals on the planet. At around around 1000 pounds and 13 feet (4 m) in length, Bottlenose Dolphins can swim at an average of 15 mph (24km/h) and dive for 20 minutes.

The typical Bottlenose Dolphin has an overall height of 2’1”-2’11” (64-89 cm) and body length of 10’-14’ (310-430 cm). An average Bottlenose Dolphin weighs between 300-1,400 lb (136-625 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 20-30 years.

Collection of illustrations of the Common Bottlenose Dolphin drawn from the top, front and jumping positions
Common Bottlenose Dolphin
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10’-14’ | 3.1-4.3 m
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300-1,400 lb | 136-625 kg
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Scientific Name
Tursiops truncatus
Lifespan
20-30 years

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Common Bottlenose Dolphin side elevation, front, top, jumping

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Orca Whale | Killer Whale
Dimensioned size comparison drawing of an Orca Whale (Killer Whale) compared to the size of a person

Orca Whales, also known as Killer Whales, are a part of the dolphin family and is the largest in the family. They have a distinguishably black-white two-toned look and can be found up to 6 tons (5,500 kg) and 32 feet (9.7 meters) long. Orcas are carnivores and prey on fish and small seals and other species of dolphins. The name “killer whale” comes from the fact that they can take down large animals. Orcas are apex predators which means no other animal preys on the killer whale.

The typical Orca Whale, or Killer Whale, has an overall height of 5’3”-7’6” (1.60-2.29 m) and body length of 23’-32’ (7.01-9.75 m). An average Orca Whale weighs between 1.5-6 tons (1.3-5.4 metric tons) and has a typical lifespan of 30-50 years (wild); 60-70 years (captivity).

Collection of illustrations of the Orca Whale (Killer Whale) seen from various elevations
Orca Whales, also known as Killer Whales, are a part of the dolphin family and is the largest in the family. The name “killer whale” comes from the fact that they can take down large animals. Orcas are apex predators which means no other animal preys on the killer whale.

The typical Orca Whale, or Killer Whale, has an overall height of 5’3”-7’6” (1.60-2.29 m) and body length of 23’-32’ (7.01-9.75 m). An average Orca Whale weighs between 1.5-6 tons (1.3-5.4 metric tons) and has a typical lifespan of 30-50 years (wild); 60-70 years (captivity).

Collection of illustrations of the Orca Whale (Killer Whale) seen from various elevations
Orca Whale | Killer Whale
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5’3”-7’6” | 1.60-2.29 m
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Orcinus orca
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30-50 years (wild); 60-70 years (captivity)

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Orca Whale (Killer Whale) side elevation, front, top, breaching

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Blue Whale
Size comparison drawing of a Blue Whale compared to a person with measurements for overall length

Blue Whales are the largest known animal in the world; growing up to 98 feet (30 meters) and weighing up to 173 tons (157,000 kgs). They can be found living in the North Atlantic, North Pacific and parts of the Southern Hemisphere. Just like their name, Blue Whales have a long-tapered body and have a bluish-grey dorsal. Blue whales don’t have teeth, but instead have large baleen which help separate sea water from krill after they swallow. After separation, the water is shot out their blowhole when they come up from water.

The typical Blue Whale has an overall height of 13’-16’ (3.96-4.88 m) and body length of 82’-105’ (25-32 m). An average Blue Whale weighs between 55-165 tons (50-150 metric tons) and has a typical lifespan of 80-90 years.

Illustrations of Blue Whales seen in various positions from the top, front and breaching
Blue Whales are the largest known animal in the world; growing up to 98 feet (30 meters) and weighing up to 173 tons (157,000 kgs). Just like their name, Blue Whales have a long-tapered body and have a bluish-grey dorsal. Blue whales don’t have teeth, but instead have large baleen systems.

The typical Blue Whale has an overall height of 13’-16’ (3.96-4.88 m) and body length of 82’-105’ (25-32 m). An average Blue Whale weighs between 55-165 tons (50-150 metric tons) and has a typical lifespan of 80-90 years.

Illustrations of Blue Whales seen in various positions from the top, front and breaching
Blue Whale
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13’-16’ | 3.96-4.88 m
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55-165 tons | 50-150 metric tons
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Balaenoptera musculus
Lifespan
80-90 years

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Blue Whale side elevation, front, top, breaching

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