This is random trivia that can be used to make
tests, expand knowledge or use wherever seen fit.
- "Cetaceans" means "whales and dolphins." DARLING
CETACEANS educate about all marine mammals, but it's
founders started with cetaceans (si TAY shuns).
- Grey whales can migrate over 6,000 miles round trip from
the coast of Mexico to the Arctic and back. They feed in the
summers in the north and give birth in the southern waters
in the winter.
- The movie Andre was based on a true story about a seal
that lived in Maine. In the movie, a sea lion played the
role of Andre.
- Manatees are listed as an endangered species for Texas,
even though there are no resident populations.
- The largest animal ever known is the blue whale. Some
scientists believe there were dinosaurs that were larger, but
there is no known evidence.
- The whale shark is not a whale at all. It is a large
fish that is part of the shark family.
- The largest dolphin is the Killer whale. They can grow
to be about 30 feet long.
- There are currently 33 species of pinnipeds in the world
(seal, sea lions & walruses). Some species are heavily
populated, while others face a grim future.
- Manatees are related to elephants, even though they are
nicknamed sea cows.
- Both male and female walruses have tusks. The males'
(bulls) can reach 3 feet, while the females (cows) reach 2
- The forehead of a beluga is called the melon.
Belugas can make a variety of noises using the melon and so
are nicknamed "canaries of the sea."
- Spinner dolphins can leap into the air and spin as much
as 7 times before landing back in the water.
- Stellar's sea cows were the largest of the sirenians,
measuring 30 feet (9 m) and weighing 4 tons. They were
hunted to extinction between 1741 and 1768.
- Male Southern Elephant seals
weigh an average of 4,850 lbs (2,200 kg) and can get up to
8,800 lbs (4,000 kg). Our Ford Ranger pickup weighs just
over 3,000 lbs).
- The Gulf of Mexico contains at least 28 species of
cetaceans, though some, like the blue whale, have only been
seen passing through and are not considered to be residents.
- Evidence of the walrus appears 15 million years ago.
- "Pinniped" means "web footed," referring to the hind
flipper(s). The pectoral fins (arms) of seals contain
similar "finger" bones that humans have in our hands.
- Vaquitas are the smallest known cetacean. Living only in
a small area of the Gulf of California, they are highly
endangered (only about 150 left).
- Some species of seals
have only been observed on the ice. When seasons change and
the ice melts, scientists can only guess where the seals
- "Critter cams" are
cameras that are attached to seals, dolphins, sea turtles
and other species to see what they do when people are not
around or cannot go where the animal goes (under ice, in