Critter Science

The Science of Animals

The Australian Fur Seal

The Australian fur seal is a pinniped that lives in Australia, among other places, along the coastlines, on beaches, and rocky coves. Fur seals have large eyes, a pointed face with whiskers, and sharp teeth. The Australian Fur Seal is an agile swimmer and

The Deadly Blue-Ringed Octopus

The southern blue-ringed octopus is one of three highly venomous species of blue-ringed octopuses. It is most commonly found in tidal pools along the southern coast of Australia. Naturally, like many things in Australia, it is capable of killing

The Laughing Kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra is the largest of the kingfishers. They are also the loudest! They have a loud call that sounds much like a laugh and they release this call right around twilight. There are 4 different recognized species of kookaburra

Hop Along with the Kangaroo

The kangaroo possesses powerful hind legs, a long strong tail, and small front legs/arms. Kangaroos belong to the family called Macropus, literally translating to “big foot.” A newborn joey can’t suckle or swallow, so the kangaroo mom uses her

Say Hi to the Cuddly Koala

The koala is the first symbol of Australia that people think of. They are adorable, soft, furry, and cute. However, they can have a bit of a nasty streak too, if not brought up around humans. Wild koalas should never be approached as they can become frightened and very