Animal surprises include sudden appearances. Swim masks and binoculars can make animals look bigger or smaller.
Wild animals rarely act like tame ones. Whether at the beach or while hiking and camping, children must learn to stay safe.
Surprises are the nature of every beast. Meat eaters are equipped with claws, teeth, barbs, horns, toxins and/or electric shock.
Did You Know?
Stingrays cannot see what they are eating. Their eyes are on top of their body. Their mouths are underneath. They smell the difference between food and non-food items.
Mudskippers largely live out of water. These fish walk on land and climb trees or rocks in search of food and resting spots. Fish living out of water are animal surprises.
Fish bark, burp, groan, grunt, hiss, hoot, moan and make sucking noises. The Gulf Corvina can be louder than rock concert.
Greenland Sharks do not reach full maturity until they are over one hundred years old.
Mako and Great White Sharks heat some body parts to improve their cold-water performance.
Each Whale Shark sports a unique spot pattern, like a fingerprint.
Mantas have no stingers, venom, sharp teeth or special defenses. The ‘horns’ are filter-feeding parts that unfold for food funneling.
Animals do their best to survive and raise their young.
Wildlife needs to stay wild. Parks post warnings and safety information about the animals sharing our world.
Safe behaviors should be explained to children. They may not value natural places after falling at risk.
Safety tips are offered on this website.
Parks & Beaches
Animal sightings draw visitors to nature areas.
Visitors encounter animals that might not be seen, again. Rangers add facts about disappearing creatures.
Lifeguards know the risks of animals, tides and currents. They post warnings and start rescue and treatment.
Learn the Stingray Shuffle. It can be practiced on land.
The Stingray Shuffle
This shuffling dance may prevent injury and pain. It scares away biting angel sharks and stinging rays. (32 Seconds)
Animations are from an early edition of "The Amazing Flight of Little Ray". The highly-evolved second edition is sold only in our Bookstore.