Under the Sea

Happy 1st of July! This month, we’re taking a look at the various creatures that live underwater  in the oceans, seas, lakes, and ponds of the world.
sea lion on beach with rocks.

The Dogs of the Sea

Did you know that sea lions are expert divers? Some can reach depths of 900 feet and hold their breath for 20 minutes on average! They do this by SEALing their nostrils shut and using their special muscles to breathe underwater. They are also strong swimmers, going as fast as 25 miles per hour! 

Sea lions are related to seals and walruses, but also dogs. They share many characteristics with our canine friends, much like the way humans are genetically similar to chimpanzees. Sea lions are affectionate, they bark and sniff, and love to play. And their babies are even called pups!

Origami Animals: Make Your Own Water Creatures!

Want to wade through the waves, lie on a lily pad, or paddle through a pond? Use your imagination to take you there with these water-loving animals!

From fish to frogs, there are so many different creatures in our local lakes to learn about. Why not take a virtual dive into the deep sea to come up with some more ideas?
Paper Frog

You will need:

  • Construction paper (1/2 sheet)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A pen

Want to try our paper fish instead?
Click here!

When you’re finished, send us in your pictures for the opporTUNAty to be featured in our Instagram stories. We cant wait to SEA your creations!
young girl playing with toy whale.

Bottlenoses and Blowholes

It’s a well-known fact that dolphins and whales are among the smartest animals in the world. Research has shown they have large brains and can solve problems, just like humans can. They are also excellent communicators. Both use clicks and whistles but whales are known for their beautiful songs, making low-frequency sounds that can be heard from miles away.

Be it an orca whale or a bottlenose dolphin, all species have at least one blowhole on top of their head. When they need a fresh gulp of air, they swim to the surface, open the hole, and breathe in.

Thank you for taking a splash into the sea with us! We hope you enjoyed learning all about the FINer details. Join us next month when we’ll be answering the call of the wild! 

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