Sep 27

As you may have noticed, today’s Google Doodle is a rather jolly party scene, marking Google’s 13th Birthday. As you know, the ARKive team love a good birthday, and we are also big fans of Google.

If you’re not familiar with Google Earth, you might be surprised to hear that you can now dive beneath the ocean waves and explore the bottom of the sea from the comfort of your own computer. By installing the ARKive Google Earth plugin, you’ll be shown a number of ARKive place marks around the globe, each denoting a marine species found in the area, which can be clicked on and expanded for further facts, photos and footage.

To mark the occasion today, we thought we would pick 13 of our favourite sea creatues, all of which can be found using the ARKive Google Earth plugin, and set you the challenge of tracking them down on the ARKive layer!

Google Earth screenshot showing ARKive species content

Kicking off our list we have two beautiful rays, the manta ray and the spotted eagle ray. Here’s a hint, both live in tropical waters…

Manta ray photoSpotted eagle ray photo







Next up we have a couple of spectacular sea birds, the wandering albatross and the white-chinned petrel. Both of these large birds breed on sub-Antarctic islands, keep your eyes peeled!

Wandering albatross photoWhite-chinned petrel photo







You are best off heading north to track down our next two species, the narwhal with it’s famous tusk and the beautiful bowhead whale.

Narwhal photoBowhead whale photo







More marine mammals up next! The super cute sea otter and the noisy northern elephant seal. Your best bet is to scour the Pacific…

Sea otter photoNorthern elephant seal photo








Two stunning sharks are next on our list to track down, the great white shark and the smooth hammerhead. Both these species have a large range, but we recommend searching the waters around the second largest continent.

 Great white shark photoSmooth hammerhead photo







These next two species are coral reef inhabitants; can you find the humphead parrotfish and Denise’s pygmy seahorse?

Humphead parrotfish photoDenise’s pygmy seahorse photo








And last but by no means least, can you pinpoint the Macaroni penguin?

Macaroni penguin photo

Let us know how you get on. Remember, if you get stuck, a sneaky look at the ARKive species profiles might help you out….

Explore hundreds more ocean species using the ARKive plugin or explore ARKive on Google Earth via the global awareness and ocean layers.

Claire Lewis, ARKive Media Researcher