Meet Our Critters
Our programs and talks are full of information as well as awesome live sea creatures! We take more animals to schools, parties, festivals and special events than anyone else. Check out some of our critters. Click on the picture for a close-up.
Porifera - The Sponges
This phylum contains about 5000 species of simple animals that lack distinct organs, have skeletons of spongin, calcium carbonate spicules, silica spicules or a combination of spongin and silica spicules. They filter feed on plankton but recently a species was discovered near France, that engulfs shrimp!
This huge phylum includes insects, arachnids, and crustaceans to name just a few. There are well over one million species in this phylum.
This large phylum includes snails, clams, oysters, chitons, squids and octopi. They are characterized by their mantle, a unique organ to this group, that in most cases, secretes the shell. There are over 100,000 species of Molluscs in the world!
Echinoderms are characterized by their spiny skin and pentagonal body designs. Although they appear to have radial symmetry, it is secondarily developed.
Echinoderms or Spiny Skinned Critters
These animals have a vertebral column that protects the notocord. There are five major groups: Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, Fishes, and Mammals.