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Shark Week is Here on the Discovery Channel

That’s right…For one full week, the Discovery Channel brings to you Shark Week! In fact, it’s the 25th Anniversary of Shark Week…Can you imagine that? Whether you’re in love with great whites, hammerheads, whale sharks, nurse sharks or any other shark in between, you’ll get an eye- and earful of some of the most amazing underwater cinematography ever created to show you exactly what’s going on with these fierce survivors in the deep, blue ocean. Living dinosaurs, sharks are some of the oldest species of animals on the planet. As the top of the food chain in their marine world, sharks rule the oceans [ ... ]

March is Dolphin Awareness Month

Exotic Animal Newsflash: The month of March is a month to celebrate and raise awareness of dolphins globally. They are extremely intelligent creatures with bubbly personalities. They are mammals, and are closely related to, but are not themselves, whales or porpoises. There are so many species of dolphin in our oceans that they are too numerous to name here, but there are a few that I will mention that are commonly misnamed as whales, but are actually dolphins in their own right. These include the “killer whales” (or orca), pilot whales, and the melon-headed whale. Very interesting indeed. So varied and marvelous they are, there is [ ... ]

Hammerhead Sharks on Shark Week

One of the neatest varieties of shark is the Hammerhead Shark! Why? Well, because it’s head actually looks like a hammer with their head flattened and that extends laterally to make that strange shape. The hammerhead’s eyes and nostrils are at the tips of the hammer extensions. Wow – How neat is that? The largest hammer on a hammerhead shark is the winghead shark. These sharks use their heads to sweep for prey and since all sharks have electroreceptory, hammerheads have an advantage because these pores along their “snout” are more extensive than other sharks. Although they have a “big head”, hammerhead sharks have relatively small [ ... ]

Shark Week Starts Today on Exotic Animal Lover

Exotic Animal News-Flash: If you’re looking for some great Shark shows to watch this week, then check out the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week starting August 2nd! So, in honor of this, ExoticAnimalLover.com will also be hosting a Shark Week! Power-packed shows giving you more information on the oceans’ largest predator – a dinosaur of sorts! These misunderstood animals of the deep will be concentrated on all week on the Discovery Channel and on Exotic Animal Lover! I’ll tell you all about my experiences with Sharks too… Guess what…Sharks are actually Yup, that's right! I have always wanted to start an animal refuge of my own...If [ ... ]

Basking Shark Mystery Migration Solved

Exotic Animal Newsflash: Scientists have finally discovered where the heck those basking sharks go during the winter months. Previously thought to be a cold water fish, this shark will migrate from New England in the Western Atlantic all the way down to the Bahamas! They even recorded one of the sharks they tracked hanging out for 1 month at the mouth of the Amazon River. Animals are just full of surprises, arent’ they? What was most intriguing about basking sharks is that no one has ever seen a baby or a pregnant female or a basking shark giving birth. They measure up to 35 m long [ ... ]

A Box Jellyfish for a Pet?

My hubby and I watched the movie Seven Pounds with Will Smith a few nights ago, which was fabulous, I might add! In the movie, the main character has a box jellyfish as an exotic pet in a large cylindrical tank! What an amazing creature, which just happens to have the most deadly venom in the animal kingdom! In fact, there have been 5,568 human fatalities due to the box jellyfish recorded since 1954. Extreme care and caution needs to be taken when caring for a pet of this danger level. Also, you cannot store the jellyfish with any other creature in the tank, as [ ... ]

A Muskrat in our Yard

Last night, I had let 4 of our pooches outside for their last “outside time” before bed. All of  a sudden, I heard them barking out of control. It wasn’t the usual “far off” bark when they see a cat in another yard… It was of imminent danger and upset! I ran outside to see them encircling this poor little animal behind a flower pot. I quickly scolded them enough to get them into the house. I realize they were just protecting our yard, but I wanted to save this poor, little soul. Isn’t he cute? Well, I believe he’s a muskrat and this photo doesn’t do [ ... ]

Saltwater Crocodiles on the Great Barrier Reef?

Northern Australia has the largest population of “Salties” in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is no exception, although you may be shocked to see one swimming in the ocean…Well, that’s why they’re called saltwater crocodiles. Plus, there’s plenty of food out there for them. In fact, according to WWF, it has unique habitats and breeding sites for the saltwater crocodile. I found this short video showing a saltwater crocodile that caught a large turtle on the shores of an island in the Great Barrier Reef: I’ve been to the Northern Territory of Australia and I can truly vouch for the large number of Yup, [ ... ]

Manta Rays of the Great Barrier Reef

Manta Rays are the most graceful animals in the ocean, in my opinion. What a magical experience! I’ve wrangled up a video of some manta rays on the Great Barrier Reef that some divers captured! To explain the sheer of the first ray in the video, the diver was 60-70 feet above it…What a huge creature! Also, this video is in real time…This is how elegantly they “fly” through the water! It’s simply effortless to them! Yes, I’ve actually had the unbelievable opportunity to swim with a school of them on Yup, that's right! I have always wanted to start an animal refuge of [ ... ]

Roseate Terns of the Great Barrier Reef Islands

The Great Barrier Reef boasts 215 species of birds, including 22 species of seabirds, and shorebirds numbering 32 species. The Roseate Tern is considered a seabird plentiful on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef, especially Lady Elliot Island. Instead of nesting in nests in trees, they make a hollow under dense vegetation to roost. They make good use of the ocean, however, by diving in to grab fish out of the water, and does not prefer fresh water for feeding. They may bathe in fresh water lagoons inland. Roseate terns don’t mind stealing fish from other seabirds, which is atypical for sterns, and [ ... ]