Found in silt heavy streams, the Gila trout calls Arizona and New Mexico home. These troubled trout have faced adversity for ages. More recently at the hands of agriculture and rerouting rivers and streams. Gilas are among the rarest trout species in the
The Apache trout is Arizona’s state fish and was almost totally wiped out due to human interaction. The original distribution of Apache trout made up an estimated 800+ stream miles in the mountain watersheds of the White, Black, and Little Colorado Rivers at around 5,900 feet
Angel sharks are quite different from many other sharks. First, they have flat bodies and very long pelvic and pectoral fins, thus making them look much like a ray. These bottom-swimming sharks use their fins to steer, like other sharks do. These sharks can be found along the coasts of
The pelican is an amazing bird that can be found on all the continents except Antarctica. There are 8 known species of pelicans. Pelicans are threatened by chemical pollution, water pollution, and ecological disasters like oil spills. Bycatch is another cause of pelican
The piranha is a small to medium sized fish that lives in rivers and lakes of South America. They have also been introduced to some rivers and lakes in North America and Kaptai Lake in Bangladesh. The name piranha means “fish tooth” in the indigenous languages of the Amazon
The blobfish is a species of deep-sea fish that belongs to the family called fatheads. They can be found only in Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania. Blobfish spend their life at depths of approximately 2,000 – 4,000 feet where water pressures exceed 120 times greater than
With more than 120 known species, puffer fish, aka Tetraodontidae, are quite diverse, beautiful, slow-moving, and can be deadly! Many puffer fish use tetrodotoxin as a defense and that neurotoxin is up to 1,200 times more potent than cyanide! That being said puffers are, nonetheless, on the menu only if you’re a highly trained sushi chef. This article is on special request. Read more about these fascinating ocean critters. First the Stats… Scientific name: Tetraodontidae Higher classification: Tetraodontiformes Length:...
Clownfish are known for their colorful (clown-like) appearance and have been made popular in films like Finding Dory and Finding Nemo. They are also called anemonefish, due to their association with sea anemones. There are 28 known species of clownfish, and