The Ocean 's Unique Creatures

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The Ocean’s Unique Creatures
The ocean is full of many unique creatures. From the water 's surface to the sea floor, there is a plethora of organisms we have yet to even discovered; however, even the organisms we do have data on are completely different from anything that we have previously seen on land. This gives cause to think they must have unique habits and patterns completely separate from all that we must know. (“Kelp” 1)
Starting the closest to the surface, giant kelp is a photosynthetic organism in the photic zone. Giant kelp consists of many blade like leaves that comprise the whole of its body (Cabrillo). Being a producer, it does not eat
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(Roper) Deep into the depths of the ocean is the giant squid. It has a radial body with two large eyes, eight arms, two feeding tentacles and one funnel (Roper). They lurk near the coastlines in the Atlantic ocean and live about 300 to 1000 meters deep into the bathyal zone (Roper). Giant squids can only live where there is salt water, and often times thrives when exposed to colder waters as it has few predators that live in colder environment. Often times it feeds on larger fish and other, smaller squids. When reproducing, male giant squids contain a sperm packet which is expelled from the penis which is up to seven feet long. When the male finds the female, he directly injects the sperm packet into her arm (Roper). The giant squid can impact its surrounding environment by regulating the food chain as it is a top predator and can keep the underwater population in check. Human’s have very little contact with giant squids, but the squids can get caught in fishermen 's nets and can also be affected by sound pollution (Than). This species is not known for being affected by tides, currents, or even waves as they are such a large deep-sea creature. One of the most interesting traits of the giant squid is it incredibly large size growing up to be almost 43 feet long and weighing almost a ton. This makes them one of the larger
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