Sea Urchins are colorful sea creatures related to starfish and sea cucumbers. A favorite find in tide pools, Sea Urchins may seem lifeless, but their spines quickly respond to any touch. Sea Urchins have hundreds of tiny, tubed feet and five teeth in the middle of their back side to eat algae and sea-weed.
Manatees are large, gentle sea mammals that live in warm coastal seas and water ways. Legends of mermaids most likely came from sightings of long-tailed manatees, who cradle their young in their arms. Manatees are very rare and an endangered species.
Stingrays are related to sharks and are common in temperate seas around the world. Their unique flat body allows them to conceal themselves in the sand. They swim by undulating their bodies or flapping their sides like wings. Stingrays are usually shy and docile, but will "sting" when stepped on in shallow water.
Sharks have been living in the oceans for 350 million years. They are incredibly sensitive to sounds, scents, and vibrations making them efficient hunters. Sharks help to maintain the balance in fish species without sharks many fish become scarce because they are eaten by fish that sharks usually feed on.
Pearls are naturally, but rarely, created in oysters. They symbolize something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Most fine jewelry is created from precious metals and jewels extracted from the Earth, but pearls are a rare entity created inside a living oyster.
In many cultures, the shell is a symbol representing birth, life, resurrection, love and good luck. In China, the shell is one of the Eight Good Prophetic Symbols signifying a prosperous journey. The Junonia Shell is found along the east coast and in the Gulf of Mexico.