the-apex-predator

the-gentleman17 asked:

how would you describe a wolf?

Here we go:

Wolves are the largest members of the canine family. They are carnivores who mainly pray on large ungulates such as caribou and deer, but also feed on smaller mammals like rabbits and mice. They are highly social animals that live in social units called packs, which usually consist of a breeding pair and their offspring, sometimes mixed with other relatives. The pack have a very complex social structure, and communicate through a variety of means including howling and body language. Wolves are built for endurance, and will often track their prey for vast distances. Only by working together can they bring down their preferred prey of large ungulates. Wolves are apex predators, an important link in healthy ecosystems, thinning out old and sick members of their prey. Very adaptable animals, wolves once lived in most regions of the Earth, but centuries of interference from man have led to them only occupying a small portion of their historic range.

This has been introduction to wolves 101.

Photo by @BrianSkerry
A Great White Shark swims just below the turbulent surface in the waters of South Australia. New research is revealing fascinating and complex lives of this dominant apex predator species of shark. One study states that white sharks live well into their 70s, which is longer than previously believed. What wisdom might a long lived animal that travels thousands of miles each year possess?
And as with all predators, their value is substantial for the health of the worlds oceans. Coverage from an upcoming story in @natgeo about great white sharks.
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Feeding time in the Open Sea!

Aquarium visitors and residents at the Open Sea exhibit

Our Open Sea exhibit provides a window into the blue-water ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean. Apex predators like sharks and tuna glide past sea turtles, mackerel, and shimmering schools of sardines.

Chomp! A bluefin tuna snags a piece of squid during a feeding

To deter predators from taking a bite out of their neighbors, we keep all residents satisfied with regular feedings. Tuna and mahi mahi get fed first so they’re already full when smaller mackerels and sardines come out to nibble.

Mahi mahi snack on gel diet in the center of the the Open Sea exhibit

While the fishes are feasting, hammerhead sharks, sandbar sharks, and pelagic stingrays get their own separate feeding on the side of the exhibit. Aquarists carefully weigh slabs of salmon before handfeeding them to the critters waiting below. Tracking how fast sharks and stingrays grow helps us better understand some of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures.

Sardines whirl in a glittering frenzy while feeding

Ironically, the Open Sea exhibit sits on the site of one of the many canneries that put Monterey Bay on the map. Now we’re feeding sardines instead of feeding on them! We also work with restaurants and fishermen to foster sustainable seafood practices.

A peak at a healthy ocean ecosystem

Sharing what healthy ecosystems look like helps us promote understanding and conservation of the ocean. You can catch Open Sea feedings at 11:00am Pacific Time at the Aquarium…and on our Open Sea cam!