Jun 5

This Saturday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day, a global event coordinated by the Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network, that celebrates the important relationship between humans and the oceans.

Photo of humpback whale

Humpback whales travel thousands of kilometers across the oceans each year as part of their migration.

The theme of World Oceans Day for 2013 and 2014 is “together we have the power to protect the ocean”. Taking the theme to heart, ARKive has joined up with World Oceans Day as a digital conservation partner by creating a virtual scavenger hunt across the ARKive collection featuring 10 keystone species from all walks of ocean life.

Think you have the nautical know-how it takes to finish the hunt? To start you off, we’ll give you the first clue:

 “The noises I make are whistles and clicks. I can leap out of the ocean and perform other neat tricks.”


You’ll know you’ve found the right species from the clue when you spot  our scavenger hunt mascot – the ARKive hammerhead shark Survival app hero – on the species page. By clicking on it, the next clue will be revealed until you’ve found the final species in the hunt and win!

Each winner of the virtual scavenger hunt will receive an awesome Facebook cover photo so you can spread the ocean word to all your friends. We have also created a Facebook landing page for the scavenger hunt with some tips and tricks to help you along the way. Share the page with friends and family and see who can finish the scavenger hunt first!

If you have completed the ARKive World Oceans Day virtual scavenger hunt and are looking to surf the ARKive collection a bit more, why not have a look at our rocky and sandy shore topic pages or dive into ARKive Education for some water-themed education resources? Or, check out the World Oceans Day website for a listing of hands-on events that may be happening near you.

However you choose to celebrate, the ARKive team wishes you a wonderful World Oceans Day!

Ari Pineda, Program Coordinator, Wildscreen USA

  • hiram eduardo reyna ramos (June 6th, 2013 at 8:30 pm):

    the answer of the first clue I think is the killer whale (Orcinus orca)

  • lucie.muir (June 7th, 2013 at 3:55 pm):

    Hi Hiram,
    You have the correct group of animals but thekiller whale is not the answer to the first clue. Keep trying and let us know if you manage to solve the riddle!

    Good luck!

  • Melissa (June 7th, 2013 at 5:20 pm):

    Dolphin is the answer I believe.

  • Stacey (June 7th, 2013 at 5:35 pm):

    Bottlenose dolphin or really any other cetacean

  • Melanie Vaughan-Smith (June 7th, 2013 at 9:47 pm):

    Is the answer a dolphin?

  • Joe Lost (June 8th, 2013 at 1:43 am):

    Thanks for posting this scavenger hunt. My brother and I had a blast trying to figure out the clues.

  • Jay Sundar Rajan (June 8th, 2013 at 1:27 pm):

    coolest Idea EVER!!!!!

  • Jay Sundar Rajan (June 8th, 2013 at 1:28 pm):

    Oh, the animal is a bottlenose dolphin

  • hank (June 8th, 2013 at 1:49 pm):

    Hammerhead shark

  • Jay Sundar Rajan (June 8th, 2013 at 4:21 pm):

    The answer to the first clue is the bottlenose dolphin, right?

  • Vandana (June 8th, 2013 at 4:57 pm):


  • Gloria (June 8th, 2013 at 5:18 pm):


  • frank (June 8th, 2013 at 5:30 pm):

    bottle nose dolphns

  • Daughne Uniacke (June 8th, 2013 at 6:14 pm):

    It is the dolphins

  • Lorin (June 8th, 2013 at 6:18 pm):

    The answer of the first clue I think is the dolfin

  • Lorin (June 8th, 2013 at 6:23 pm):

    the answer to the first clue i think is the Spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris

  • Elizabeth (June 8th, 2013 at 7:02 pm):

    The answer is a dolphin.

  • Debby O'Regan (June 8th, 2013 at 8:23 pm):

    Is The answer to clue no 1 Bottle nosed Dolphin?

  • exer (June 8th, 2013 at 8:44 pm):

    its dolphin… :)

  • Joanne (June 8th, 2013 at 9:07 pm):


  • Anne de Jong (June 8th, 2013 at 10:14 pm):

    I think the answer is a porpoise

  • Anne de Jong (June 8th, 2013 at 10:16 pm):

    Nothing happens when I click on your scavenger mascot – so I cannot progress with the game!

  • Neven Humphrey (June 8th, 2013 at 10:49 pm):

    It’s the bottle-nosed dolphin?

  • Tim Upham (June 8th, 2013 at 11:31 pm):

    Bottlenose Dolphin

  • Jenifer (June 9th, 2013 at 1:09 am):

    It’s a dolphin.

  • Marlane Larson (June 9th, 2013 at 2:04 am):


  • Susan (June 9th, 2013 at 2:08 am):

    The answer to the first clue should be porpoises I believe

  • Roger Greene (June 9th, 2013 at 2:19 am):


  • Anne de Jong (June 9th, 2013 at 5:00 am):

    I a sure it is a porpoise of genus Phocaena

  • Hayley price (June 9th, 2013 at 10:26 am):

    Hi, is the answer to the first clue a species of dolphin?

  • Daniel White (June 10th, 2013 at 12:33 am):


  • Shougo (June 10th, 2013 at 2:10 am):

    Is it a dolphin?

  • lucie.muir (June 10th, 2013 at 9:14 am):

    It’s great that you are all having so much fun playing our scavenger hunt! The answer to the first clue is a species of dolphin but is not the bottlenose or spinner. The dolphin in question is famous for its blue and white stripes along its body…..

  • constan (June 10th, 2013 at 11:34 am):

    is it the orca?

  • exer (June 10th, 2013 at 11:45 am):

    Stenella coeruleoalba…striped dolphin :)

  • constan (June 10th, 2013 at 11:50 am):

    is the species no. 8 a seahorse ?

  • lucie.muir (June 10th, 2013 at 1:29 pm):

    Species 8 is not a seahorse but species 9 could be…..

  • Jessica (June 10th, 2013 at 2:41 pm):

    No, it is not a dolphin. If the answer is correct, you will be directed to another page when you click on the hammerhead shark icon that will be on the page. Its worked fine for me so far but I am now stuck on a clue a few species in and I cant figure out what it is. :-(
    No the first answer is not a dolphin, if you think you know what the answer is go to the species and click on it. If you dont see the hammerhead shark icon on the page then you are wrong. Click on the shark icon and you will get another clue. Then start hunting for that species etc etc. I am stuck on a clue a few species in as I cant figure out what it could possibly be :-(

  • lucie.muir (June 10th, 2013 at 4:35 pm):

    Let us know what clue you are stuck on and we might be able to give you another clue….

  • Juli (June 10th, 2013 at 8:37 pm):

    Pacific white-sided dolphin

  • Juli (June 10th, 2013 at 9:00 pm):

    I’ve checked all the different species of dolphin, and none of the pages has the hammerhead mascot on it….