Scientists believe that there are over 1 million species of animals and plants living in the ocean. Some speculate that there are 9 million species that have not yet been discovered.
Animals that live in the ocean come in many different shapes, colors and sizes and live in even the coldest and deepest environments in the ocean. For example, tubeworms live in hot sea vents, which are one of the most extreme environments in the ocean. The largest animal in the ocean and in the world is the blue whale, which lives side by side with one of the tiniest marine organisms, plankton.Learn More
Starfish typically reside in shallow waters along rocky coasts, according to The Columbia Encyclopedia. The starfish is an echinoderm of the Asteroidae class. Around 2,000 species of starfish exist across the planet.Full Answer >
Omnivores that live in the ocean include sea turtles, manatee, dolphins, opaleye, saltwater crabs, lobsters, sea otters, sharks and whales. Deep-sea omnivores include copepods and some species of squid and octopus. Among sea birds, several species of seagull are omnivorous.Full Answer >
There are thousands of different species of ocean plant life, including phytoplankton, algae, kelp and seagrasses. There are over 130,000 species of algae alone, but the most common forms are red and brown algae. Red algae is what is commonly seen on coral reefs, and brown algae is considered the most complex form of algae.Full Answer >
Oceana's website has a list of ocean animals, from A to Z, as part of their marine animal encyclopedia. A list of bodies of water and habitats can also be found on the Oceana website.Full Answer >