May In The Sea

Yes, I haven’t actually done this since February of 2020, but I’m starting it up again and nobody can stop me!

So this year, May’s Animal of the Month is…..the Manatee!

Now Manatees are somewhat Strange Creatures, given that they quite honestly look nothing like any other animal in the sea, with the sole exception of the Dugong, it’s cousins.

They’re solitary herbivores who eat over 60 different freshwater and saltwater plants, and they mainly inhabit the shallows and marshes of rivers in the Caribbean sea, the Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon Basin, and West Africa.

Their primary cause of death, unfortunately, is human destruction of their habitat and some human objects, and it’s extremely common for manatees to collect scars from high speed encounters with propellor-driven boats and ships. Their curious nature and slow movements can thus end up causing them harm.

Manatees, sometimes called sea cows, tend to be largely on the larger side of things, weighing from 880 to 1,210 lbs and measuring 9 to 15 ft in length.

A funny quirk of theirs is to use their flexible upper lip not only to gather up food and eat, but to also perform social communication with other manatees, and even sometimes with humans.

The most extraordinary thing about Manatees, however is undoubtedly their ages. A Manatee in the wild can live from fifty to sixty years and there was a manatee in captivity that lived up to 69 years old! For an aquatic creature, and any land animal that isn’t an elephant, that is a unusually long lifespan. Their birth rate, however is extremely low, each female only tending to have one calf every 3 years (every two years, but gestation lasts 12 months), and there’s still the natural young vulnerability and danger to contend with on top of that.

Still, they are essentially the elephants of the sea, having excellent long-term memory and showing cognitive abilities similar to elephants and dolphins.

That’s all for now on May’s Manatee! Bye Ya’ll!


#SeaSaturday – Copepod

Scientific subclass: Copepoda

Copepods are tiny crustaceans ranging from 0.02 to 0.08 inches long. They can be found in almost every saltwater and freshwater habitat. Despite their size, they are one of the most powerful jumpers in the animal kingdom.

When jumping, these crustaceans can reach speeds of 500 body lengths per second. Their series of small jumps occur when they repeatedly beat their swimming legs. They use this ability to avoid predators, such as herring, mackerel, and jellyfish.

Jumping June!

That’s right, this June is dedicated to all animals who are known for jumping and the animals who achieve legendary jumps.

Frogs, Crickets, Grasshoppers, Kangaroos, Mountain Lions, Hare, Kangaroo Rats, Mountain Goats, and even Dolphins are fantastic jumpers and all deserve some credit for their ability.

So get ready because this month, we’re going to be bouncy.

Too Cute!

I know I’ve done regular seal pups before, but these pictures were just so adorable they needed to be shared and since it’s sea theme this month, this was the perfect time to do it.

#Tiny Tuesdays – Dwarf Lantern Shark

Now I know that for #TinyTuesday I generally go for cute and fluffy, but in order to stick with May’s theme of “under the sea”, we’ll be exploring the animals that live down where it’s wetter.

Therefore, today’s animal will be the smallest fish in the ocean, the Dwarf Lantern Shark. It’s the smallest existing shark and at it’s largest it only ever grows to about 7 inches.

The largest specimen ever to be recorded measures only 7.8 inches (20 cm) in body length. That’s tiny! These small aquatic animals are found around the upper continental slopes off of Venezuela and Colombia and lives at a depth of about 283 – 439 meters (928 – 1,440 ft).

The lantern shark can be identified not only by its teeny size even at maturity, but by its long flattened head, it’s a mid-dorsal line and also by the black ventral markings.

This awesome small sea creature is actually capable of producing light from an extraordinary array of photophores and although the dwarf lantern shark isn’t targeted by commercial fisheries, its species could become threatened as a result of by-catch just like a lot of other endangered shark species. The impact of human activity on this the smallest creature in the ocean is currently unknown.

That’s all for this week’s #TinyTuesday, thanks for reading and have a good day!

Too Cute!

Hello everyone! This week on Too Cute, we’ll be taking a look at Baby Giraffes!

Now I’m firmly of the opinion that these darlings are that kind of awkward adorableness that isn’t as straight forward as say the cuteness of a baby elephant, but it remains to you to decide.

The ears….💖

Lemme know what you think about these awkward little cuties!


#TinyTuesday – Sand Cat

This adorable fluffy little kitten right here is actually a fully grown wild cat that lives in sandy and stony deserts generally in North Africa and in the Middle East. This ferocious little warrior is about 15 to 20 inches long, and has a life expectancy of about 13 years in captivity. The lifespan of wild sand cats hasn’t been documented yet.

Sand cats are generally solitary except during mating season and when a female is rearing kittens. They live in burrows about 4-5 feet deep and sleep there throughout the day before leaving at night to roam and hunt. Sand cats have been known to have a territory of about 13 sq miles (average size is about 6 sq miles) and can have multiple burrows spread throughout their territory.

They’re capable of sudden bursts of speed, and their average speed when sprinting seems to be about 19-25 mph, and they’ve been know to travel from 3-6 miles in a single night. Their diet mainly consists of small rodents and lizards, although they have been seen eating some birds.

That’s all for this week’s Tiny Tuesday!

Hand-Fed Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are one of the most incredible nectar feeders there are, having the ability to fly in any direction and even hover in one place, an ability which surprisingly no other bird has.

At such a small size, the average of which is 3-5 in, their nests as seen above can be extremely small, although it’s a perfect size for their less than an inch big eggs. The smallest hummingbird is 2 inches in length,whereas the largest hummingbird goes up to 9 in in length, which considering the overall size of their species is practically a giant.

For your enjoyment, more hand-feeding videos:

Okay, that last one isn’t actually wild animal handfeeding, but it’s pretty funny anyway.

That’s all for today and I hope you enjoyed!

Opinions Desired

So, ya’ll have options in regards to where you want this blog to go.

  1. I can do my very best to continue on as this blog has always gone with cute pictures, fun facts, and occasional overloads about my pets.
  2. I can add short fictional fun stories about animals in, as well as continue with the cute pictures, and make considerable efforts to actually write useful facts about real animals.
  3. I can do everything in 2 with the addition of stories and dumb poems about my lost pets. (I’m trying here, but I’m not coming up with anything else.)

So, ya’ll comment on my helpless inability to come up with anything new and tell me which option you’d prefer, lol.

Adios, amigos!