Welcome to Speak Up For Blue’s First Ocean Facts post to educate Ocean Leaders about the Ocean on things that we don’t think you know about. Every post will look into interesting Ocean Facts that we think you should know about and teach others about it too.
Ocean Fact #1: Blue Lobsters
Lobsters found in the Northwestern Atlantic Ocean (Canada and US) are sometimes blue in colour. Scientists say the blue colour is a genetic defect and it occurs in only 1 in 2 million individuals. Blue lobsters are said to not survive as well in the wild because they can’t camouflage as well as the dark greenish-reddish brown majority and can be picked off easily by predators.
Ocean Fact #2: Purple Crabs
4 new species of crabs were discovered in the Philippines recently. One of the species discovered were purple…and not a dark boring purple but a wonderful bright purple with bright Orange on the tip of its claws. Did you know that crabs can discriminate different colours…Yup, scientists hypothesize that the brilliant purple colours are for social behaviours like mating where males and females are attracted to the best coloured individuals.
Ocean Fact #3: Albino Whales
An Orca whale found off the Russian waters of Commander Islands in the Bering Sea was not your typical colour of black and white, but it was white. Researchers are fascinated by this white whale who they have dubbed “Iceberg”. ‘In many ways, Iceberg is a symbol of all that is pure, wild and extraordinarily exciting about what is out there in the ocean waiting to be discovered,’ says Erich Hoyt, co-director of the Orca project. Not much is known about the orca but researchers are looking forward to finding the Orca again to find out if the mammal is a true albino (with red eyes).
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