Create-a-Creature Project Barbini, Gabrielle Period 4

Organism Name: Binocularous marineourous

Where am I found in the ocean?

The Binocularous Marineourous is found swimming in the Oceanic zone when traveling from place to place. Although, in order to feed on my admired prey the Binocuarous Marineourous travels up towards the Neritic zone. This marine organism feeds mainly on the abiotic factor plankton due to the advantage of gaining nutrients. Plankton, among the rest of 90% of marine life sustain their lifestyle with sunlight penetrating through this entire zone. Towards the end of the day, after traveling through the oceanic zone and feeding among the organisms in the Neritic zone, the Binocularous Marineourous finishes off at the Euphotic zone. This zone contains high sunlight, and warm temperature to which this marine organism is accustomed to.

The image above identifies the primary requested meal that the Binocuarous Marineourous feeds on.

What are my unique traits? What are some specific adaptations?

The Binocuarous Marineourous has several physical traits. It has cotton-like antennas surrounding the front and the back of it's body. These features are filled with color, to help attract females towards reproduction, and also serve as creating a "warning" sign towards prey. This organism also possesses one large eye, attached to the front of its body, and towards the back. This identifies as a unique adaptation. With the eye placed on the back of its body, it is able to always stay aware of predators nearby. The Binocuarous Marineourous also includes fins, which aid in helping to travel easily acorss the Oceanic zone, to the Neritic zone, and lastly, the Euphotic zone.

The above photo identifies the physical trait of the colorful cotton-like antennae attached to the Binocuarous Marineourous's body for long-lasting protection.

Locomotion

The organism Binocuarous Marineourous travels through the specific zones containing the Oceanic zone, Neritic zone, and the Euphotic zone. What guides the body of this specific organism throughout the ocean? The tri-colored fins placed on each side. Each of the three colors displayed has its own shade of blue. The fins aim at efficiently guiding this marine organism throughout the ocean with out any complications. The fins are easily bendable, in which it creates an advantage towards heavy ocean currents.

The photo above identifies the main physical trait in which creates the locomotive for the Binocuarous Marineourous.

Respiration

The Binocuarous Marineourous breathes only within the presence of living underwater. It contains small sponges all over its body. The sponges contract, when in contact with different pressures of the ocean water. The minuscule sponges also comfort in absorbing the nutrients throughout the ocean water when traveling. This marine organism is not able to completely respirate when placed out of water. It is only able to maintain life under the surface of the ocean water.

Feeding

As mentioned, the Binocuarous Marineourous feeds on many types of nutrients. For example, plankton is an easy target. The method that this organism partakes when attacking the plankton in the Neritic zone is to become sneaky. The organism quickly swims up towards the Neritic zone from the Oceanic zone to dine with pride. When swimming throughout the Euphotic zone, the Binocuarous Marineourous also feeds on abiotic organisms such as zooplankton. Using its cotton-like antennas, the Binocuarous Marineourous attacks the zooplankton creating it to weaken, and slowly die. The organism then continues to feed, swallowing the zooplankton as a whole.

Reproduction

The Binocuarous Marineourous participates severely when it comes to the topic of reproduction. Males, for example show off their colorful cotton-like antennas for the females to view. Once viewed, females become easily attracted to the males physical appearance. As the males reproduce with the females, the eggs are then dispersed. Within two weeks, they are hatched for more Binocuarous Marineourous organisms to form and grow.

Defense Strategies

The marine organism Binocuarous Marineourous defends itself sufficiently. When in contact with predators, it sends out a signal indicating its cotton-like antennas which extend outwards. This quickly implies a "warning message" towards predators who are quickly scared away. The Binocuarous Marineourous also includes one large eye, on opposite sides of its body. As predators come in contact with these colossal eyeballs, they quickly turn away. The back eyeball also serves a purpose in to quickly responding when a predator is nearby.

Plankton, Nekton, or Benthos

Binocuarous Marineourous is classified as Nekton. They are swimmers who actively maneuver using their fins throughout the water column found at the Oceanic zone, Neritic zone, and the Euphotic zone. They easily navigate throughout the open ocean. Never are they found to be classified as Benthos, to where only organisms live at the bottom of the ocean. Neither are they Plankton where organisms only drift, or wander without the use of fins. It is easy to determine that the marine organism Binocuarous Marineourous only classify as Nekton out of the three.

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