Under the Sea
Questions and Answers
Questions about Under the Sea
How long has Under the Sea been around? Since August 1995
Do you do evening programs? Yes
Do you ever do programs for Boy Scouts or home schoolers? Yes, please call for further detail.
Can public programs be charged like a concert - $4 per person for example, instead of the flat fee? Yes, in fact we can set it up as a fund raiser, with excess proceeds going to the school or organization! Please call for further details.
What's up with your logo? We teach (apple is a symbol for teachers) about the beach (sea horse).
Questions about sea life.
What is the largest fish in the world? The Whale Shark.
What is the largest whale? The Blue Whale. At least 100 feet long!
What is the largest snail?
Trumpet. Grows to ~3 feet!
What is the largest Abalone? The Red Abalone (Haliotis rufenscens) with the largest ever being 12 1/3 inches long.
What is the smallest whale? The Harbor Porpoise is one of the smallest at ~5 feet when grown up.
Do all sea urchins sting? No. There are some with very short spines and some with stubby spines.
Do all jellyfish sting? No. Some harvest energy from algae in their skin that photosynthesize!
Is a dolphin a fish or a mammal? Both! There is a fish called a dolphin (usually sold as Mahi Mahi, or as Dorado) and there is a mammal called a dolphin (a type of toothed whale).
What is the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise? Dolphins have a snout, conical teeth, and a curved dorsal fin. They tend to reside in very large pods of 30 - 1000 animals. Porpoises lack a snout, have spade shaped teeth and triangular dorsal fins. They tend to be in small pods of about 6 animals.
Do fish sleep? Yes, but not quite the same way we do, they have periods of rest.
Do dolphins sleep? Yes, but only one half of their brain at a time! The other half stays awake to tell the body when to breath. Unlike humans, dolphins have to think to breath.
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