The world's oceans can be as strange and amazing as the far reaches of outer space. You can learn to draw each and every one of the alien denizens of the deep with the help of these simple, step-by-step sea life drawing tutorials.
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Are you in need of some art project inspiration? Learn about the things you can do to help ocean life thrive, then make a poster to teach your friends, family, or classmates about it.
For example, did you know?
There is a floating mass of garbage in the Pacific Ocean called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It's about the size of Texas.
As plastic deteriorates, it forms tiny pellets called microplastics. Small fish eat these thinking they are food. Eventually, the fish starve because their stomachs are full of plastic.
Sea turtles may mistake floating plastic shopping bags for jellyfish, a favorite turtle food. Then, they choke on the bags. That is one reason why it is important to recycle these bags or select reusable alternatives.
Seabirds and other sea creatures can get their heads stuck in soda can rings. To prevent this, cut the rings before throwing them away or buy boxed cans instead.
These are just a few facts about preserving the oceans. What else will you discover?
Dolphins have long been many people's favorite sea creatures because they are smart, playful, and social. Dolphins live in groups called pods and have been known to rescue humans. They communicate with each other using clicks and chirps, but they can be taught to understand human words as well!
Angler fish live strange lives in the deep ocean. They attract prey to their mouths with a blinking light at the end of a fleshy appendage. Male fish seek out females, bite them, and never let go - they actually become a permanent part of the female fish's body.
Did you know that that pearl necklace started with an irritant inside an oyster? When a piece of sand or something similar gets inside an oyster's shell, it coats it with a substance called mother of pearl to make it smooth and non-irritating. Eventually, it becomes a beautiful pearl.
Sometimes stingrays get a bad rap, but they are actually peaceful creatures. They may live individually or in groups, hiding on the bottom of the sea. When they swim, they appear to fly and glide through the water.
Betta fish originated in the slow-moving rivers of Asia. The males are often kept as pets because they are easy to care for and have long, brightly colored fins. They are also highly territorial - never put two males in the same bowl!
You won't get catfished with this drawing guide - you'll just learn how to draw one! Catfish are a favorite of sport fishermen and chefs alike. They are named for the catlike "whiskers" called barbels, located around the mouth. The fish uses these to sense its environment.
Have you ever been whale watching? Humpback whales are a favorite species along the coasts of Australia, California, and the eastern coast of the United States. Why? These whales are playful and are often curious about human visitors.