WaterAnimals






Crustaceans



Crustaceans are animals that live in water and have shells covering their bodes. Many kinds of crustaceans are found on Lumpar. They are related to the clams, snails, crags, lobsters, and shrimp on earth.

Crustaceans have portable homes. They have hard protective homes that they have built on to their soft-bodies. Each shell builder is part of the large group of animals known on earth as mollusks.

The giant clams found on Lumpar are more than 8 feet long. They weigh more than 1000 pounds. Each half a clam shell weighs as much as two earth men.




Cuddly Fish (Cephalopoda)



The Cuddly Fish is a head footed animal such as the squids, octopuses, nautiluses and spirulas on earth.

Cuddly Fish have big eyes, pigment spots, armored jaws, and ten feet. They are energetic carnivores that eat crustaceans. Their feet are in the form of suckered tentacles that extend from their large head.

The longest leg is used to catch its prey. The other nine tentacles are handy for grasping struggling prey. Aren't they smart! Their beaklike jaws help them eat easily through the shell or body of the victim.

All of the Cuddly Fish use the glands in their fleshy body mantle to secrete an external shell. On earth, only the nautilus and spirala have an outside shell.

This Cuddly Fish has a slimy shell inside its body much like the cuttle bones inside the Spirulas on earth.






Octo Fish (Devil fish)



The Octo Fish are bottom dwellers that have eight strong legs that are very flexible. They use their tentacles to crawl along the seabed, and to build rock shelters and nests. They have a double row of cuplike suckers on each leg that provide traction.

The Octo is a bottom dweller that lives in lower ocean shores. They enjoy living in rocky crevices. Females lay eggs on large strands along the ceiling of the cave.






Underwater Dancers (Roja Batis)



You'll find over 200 species of underwater dancers on Lumpar. They have large pectoral fins that look like "wings". They almost look as if they were flying underwater.

The Devil Fish lump out of the water with their whiplike tail and venomous spines. One better watch out. Their spines are so dangerous that they can injure and kill, but don't worry. They only use them for self-defense. These underwater gliders are actually peaceful and quiet. They would rather flee than fight.

Devil Fish live in cool waters and tropical waters at great depths. They range from 50 cm long to 2.5 m and weigh 90 kg. They eat plankton, fish, mollusks and crustaceans.




Jelly Fish



A jellyfish is a the name used to describe about 200 different kinds of ocean animalwith delicate, jellylike bodies. The jellyfish live throughout the ocean. They are found in the icy waters and in warm tropical waters.

The jelly fish have umbrella like bodies. Their bodies are coloreless and glassy looking. On Lumpar they come in various shades of blue, pink, green, white and black. Watch out! These jellyfish look harmless, but in reality they have dangerous tentacles that sting. These jellyfish have a dangerous sting that paralyzes their prey. To top it off, their tentacles are hard to see. These tentacles reach 300 feet down into the ocean. Unlike their relatives on earth who only reach 100 feet.

The jellyfish have tiny stinging cells that are usually lined up along the tentacles around their mouths. Each stinging cell is filled with a liquid and a coil, hollow tube with a very sharp point. On the outside of the the cells is a small, hairlike trigger, that opens when touched. The top of this stinging cell opens, and the coiled, hollow tube inside quickly shoots out. The sharp, spearlike point at the end of the tube sticks in the skin of the jellyfish's victim. The poistonous liquid, which causes the painful sting, then passes through the tube from the stinging cell and into the victim.





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