The Leatherback Turtle is the 4th largest reptile in the world. That is heavier than some rhinos!
Armoured animals are those that have external protection, such as a shell, which is usually composed of chitin, bone, or keratin. Armour is most common in prey species as it acts as a form of defence against predators.
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Lobsters are thought to never stop growing and if they live long enough, they can reach up to 1m long!
Olive ridley sea turtles return to the beach they were born to lay their eggs, some travelling over hundreds of miles to return to the same spot.
Pangolins are the only mammal in the world to be covered from head to toe in scales. They eat an enormous 70 million insects every year.
Seahorses propel themselves by using a small fin on their back that flutters up to 35 times per second. Even smaller pectoral fins located near the back of the head are used for steering.
Reef-building Staghorn Corals are among the fastest growing corals on the reef; when healthy their branches can grow up to 8 in a year! They were once very abundant, but their population has declined by over 80% since the 1980’s, with no signs of recovery.
Tarantula’s moult! The female moults throughout her lifetime, while the male stops moulting when he matures. He is then easily distinguished from the female spider.