All reviews by Callmejoe3

Humpback Whale (Maia & Borges, Schleich, Mojö Fun)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 This review will cover an exceptional mysticete, the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). The humpback is a well-recognized whale due to its breaching behavior and unique appearance. While placed in a separate genus from most other rorquals, modern genomic studies consistently report the humpback whale as the closest …

Killer Whale (Sealife by Mojö Fun)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 This blog managed to cover a wide variety of cetaceans before getting to today’s species, the killer whale (Orcinus orca). The public perception of killer whales has a rather dramatic history compared to most cetaceans. In Europe, the killer whale’s status as an apex predator led to …

Manatee, adult and calf (Wild Safari Sea Life by Safari Ltd.)

Whales typically dominate the discussion of fully aquatic mammals, though Sirenians should be acknowledged for making the transition around the same time. As oppose to ungulates, these creatures are related to proboscids and hyraxes. Amongst the extant species, there are 3 that belong to the manatee genus (Trichechus). The West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus) is …

Minke Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 The common minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) is the smallest species of rorqual and the second smallest baleen whale after the pygmy right whale (Caperea marginata). They range from 6.0-9.5 meters in length and weigh 4-8 tons. Pronounced ‘min-kee’, these whales were named after a German laborer called …

Octopus (AAA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 Today marks a return to cataloging a member of the group of eight-limbed cephalopods. The order of octopuses, Octopoda, contains 300 extant species. These creatures inhabit a wide range of habitats ranging from pelagic waters and coral reefs to the deepest parts of the oceans. These mollusks …

Ostrich, 2004 (Wild Life Africa by Schleich)

Even when surrounded by amazing large cats and herbivores that can weigh several tons, the common ostrich (Struthio camelus), does not fail to impress. Ostriches are the largest of the extant land birds alongside other birds of the infraclass, ratites, like emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and cassowaries (Casuarius spp.). Originally placed in the same genus as …

Pilot Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 When it comes to cetaceans, I generally find all mysticetes equally interesting, but I have strong preferences between different odontocetes. Outside of sperm whales and orcas, my next favorites are the members of the Globicephalinae subfamily of oceanic dolphins. This taxon contains all the species of dolphins …

Pygmy Sperm Whale (Sealife by CollectA)

Review and images by callmejoe3; edited by bmathison1972 Our latest cetacean review will shift its attention to a long-overlooked species, the pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps). The cetacean clade ‘’Physeteroidea’’, is one of the oldest lineages within the odontocete order. Its only extant members are the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) and the species within the …

Sea Otter, pair (Monterey Bay Aquarium by Safari Ltd.)

Today’s item will mark the blog’s first post on otters, as we’re covering the sea otter (Enhydra lutris). Sea otters are part of the Lutrinae subfamily of mustelids that includes all of the genera of otters. Three subspecies are recognized between the Asian sea otter in Russia and northern Japan, the northern sea otter in …

Sea Turtle, 1996 (Wild Safari Sealife by Safari Ltd.)

With the loss of the great Mesozoic marine reptiles such as ichthyosaurs, mosasaurs, and plesiosaurs, turtles remain the most popular reptilian taxa that are recognized for roaming the Earth’s oceans. Seven species currently exist, and among the most popular and longest-studied is the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). The species isn’t actually named such based …