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The Ocean
   
trompe l'�il detail, Blue Ocean Mural, building in La Paz, seals, whales, octopus, fish, and other creatures, tree, and sculpure, along the malecon, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico by Wonderlane on Flickr

The Ocean is home to many living things.

Both animals and plants live in the ocean.

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Nekton Rorqual 2009, hard coral study by divemasterking2000 on Flickr

There are many kinds of interesting plant life in the ocean.
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Anemone by Ed Bierman on Flickr

Some of the animals that live in the ocean are made to look like plants.  But actually they are ocean animals that catch and eat small fish as they swim by .
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IMG_0337_IrfanView Auto_16zu9 by Andreas M�rz on Flickr

Some ocean animals have their skeleton on the outside like this Pacific oyster.  Their hard shell protects them.
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star power by Ha-Wee on Flickr

There are many wondrous creatures that live in the sea.  This is a typical five pointed star fish.  But there are other kinds of star fish that have many more than five points.
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Crab by Ed Bierman on Flickr


This is a blue crab sitting in a bed of coral. Like the oyster, his skeleton is on the outside also, to help protect him.
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Fern seagrass (Halophila spinulosa) by wildsingapore on Flickr


This is a fern seagrass.  Many of the plants that people have found in the ocean are very nutritious and are used as part of their everyday food, such as seaweed.
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Orcas! www.Explorers.comby Christopher.Michel on Flickr

Large mammals called whales live in the ocean.
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Feeding the dolphins! by colleenpence on Flickr


Here is a dolphin.  Like whales, dolphins are mammals.  That means that these animals have lungs to breathe and must come up to the surface of the water to get air.
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IMG_0251 by StephEvaPhoto on Flickr

Fish have gills.  It is a special part of their bodies that helps them get oxygen out of the water. All living things need oxygen to live.

Mammals get oxygen out of the air.  Fish have gills to get oxygen out of the water.

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Little Leopard Sharkies in Santa Monica by Clotee Allochuku on Flickr

To help them move through the water, fish have special fins.  The top fin is called a dorsal fin. It helps guide and direct the fish as it moves through the water.
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Seattle Aquarium by Khamis Hammoudeh on Flickr

Some dorsal fins get pretty fancy.
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IMG_6593_16zu9 by Andreas M�rz on Flickr

The fins on the sides of the fish help the fish turn from side to side.
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IMG_6423_16zu9 by Andreas M�rz on Flickr

The tail on the fish helps propel or pushes the fish through the water as it moves it back and forth.
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Shell Gamesby laszlo-photo on Flickr

This is a sea turtle.
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Jaws - mini by MoToMo on Flickr

This is a shark.  It is a feared predator of the deep blue seas.
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Jellyfish by MoToMo on Flickr

This is a jelly fish.
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Clown by worldomonation on Flickr

And, yes, even Nemo lives in the ocean. Here is a clown fish.
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GeorgiaAquarium_6-2011-0859.jpg by RobBixbyPhotography on Flickr

But most of all, remember that many wonderous creatures live in the ocean.
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