Sharks that have counter shading are dark on the dorsal (upper) side and light on the ventral (lower) side. Platypus (Ornitho- rhynchus), water opossum (Chironectes), water shrew (Neomys), water rat (Hydromys), beaver (Castor), coypu (Myocaster), common otter (Lutra), hippopotamus are amphibious and walrus (Odobenus), seal (Phoca, Pusa), sea lion (Eumetopias), whales (Balenoptera, Megaptera), pilot whale (Gobicephala), dolphin (Delphinus), Gangetic dolphin (Platanista), porpoise (Phocaena), sea cow (Dugong), manatee (Manatus), etc. The nostril remains closed while the animal roams under water. These curves originate from the head region, pass along the body and ends in the tail. Over time, they have adapted in such a way that allows them to live and reproduce in water. Fish display a wide variety of colors and color patterns. Most of the whales are capable of echo ranging and communicate between themselves with ultrasonic frequency up to a great distance (about 160 km). ectotherms, osmoregulation, euryhaline, gills,and vertebrates. Dorsal fins may be small in size or sometimes tall and usually triangular in shape. Secondary Aquatic Animals. Nostrils have no connection with mouth and serve as chief receptor for chemo-sensation, i.e., perceive smell and presence of other chemical substances in the water. Aquatic mammals usually give birth to one precocious offspring at a time. Although water covers over two-thirds of our planet, precisely how life in the oceans came to be is one of our unanswered questions. This may allow the fish to avoid being seen by a predator. These ancestral tetrapods had never left the water, … Swim bladder, a hollow and large sac filled with gas, is present in the abdominal cavity of most bony fishes. Salt Regulation. Instead, they pass a lot of very dilute urine, and they achieve electrolyte balance by active transport of salts through the gills. Formation, of flippers or paddles require broadening of digits. 1. Humerus and femur are comparatively shorter in length. While humans can be stung by a multitude of fishes, few species are life-threatening. Some species of skates and rays also have electricity-producing organs. It is achieved by two ways. The most amazing shark adaptation is called ampullae of lorenzini. In addition to coloration, some fish, like the sea dragon (Phyllopteryx), have body shapes that can further mimic their habitat. Aquatic and semiaquatic mammals are well adapted to life in the water with physical characteristics such as flippers, webbed feet, paddlelike tails and streamlined bodies. Pelvic girdle is either reduced or completely lost. Teeth may be sharp, simple and cone shaped (e.g., Dolphin) or may be absent in one jaw (e.g., in upper jaw of sperm whale) or in both jaws (e.g., baleen whale). This type of modification makes the chest cavity spacious and shift towards the upper part of the body. 4.17c). Unlike fishes, secondary swimmers (terrestrial animals that returned to an aquatic environment) have no such specific adaptations to the buoyancy problem. A counter current blood circulation is present in the flipper of whale for thermoregulation. According to their origin, they are primary and secondary aquatic animals. Every living thing has adapted to fit with where it lives. This is due to the accommodation of large lungs, which enables them to spend long time under water, after single inspiration. c) … A. A detail of the swim bladder is given in volume 2 (under fishes). Habitat/ Food Source
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