FRIENDLIEST Sea Creatures Around The World!

From hanging out with divers to swimming along
ships, here are 10 of the friendliest sea creatures there are! 10. Sea Lions Sea Lions have long been associated with friendly
interactions with humans, so much so that they form a large part of Peruvian culture-
having been worshipped by the people there and depicted in numerous artworks. They are highly intelligent animals, which
means they can learn tricks to entertain crowds, and are quite curious so they will often swim
up alongside humans and play with them in the water. They are also used by the US military to assist
SCUBA diving teams look for underwater mines and, in some instances, detain divers who
have accessed restricted areas until authorities can arrive. Sea lions and dolphins are used as combat
marine units and sea lions especially, have excellent eyesight. Sea lions are hardy, smart, and trainable
and they have the added advantage that they are amphibious and can easily hand things
to their handlers. This all makes Sea Lions sound like gentle
creatures, but it’s important to know that sea lions have another side to them. If they aren’t treated well or respectfully,
they can become quite aggressive. This can also happen with male Sea Lions because
they are very territorial during mating season. If it looks like you’re bothering one then
stay away but, if not, they are one of the friendliest sea creatures you’ll ever meet. 9. Beluga Whale Beluga Whales are native to the Arctic and
sub-arctic, and are uniquely adapted to the cold waters. They are white in color, don’t have a dorsal
fin, and have an enlarged head, which contains an organ called a melon that is used for echolocation. Beluga’s were actually the first type of
whale to be kept in captivity, with the first being shown at Barnum’s museum in New York
in 1861. To this day they are still the most commonly
seen animal in marine parks across North America, Europe and Asia- mainly because they are much
smaller than other species of whale and easier to contain. They are also a hit with visitors because
of their unusual colour and wide range of facial expressions. They are really curious about the people who
visit them, and often perform in shows with trainers who they develop deep bonds with. Since 1992 it has been forbidden to capture
Belugas in Canada because of concerns for the population numbers in the wild, so now
most of them come from Russia. They are so popular that each one can cost
as much as 100,000 dollars. Whale watching tours are a great way to see
them in their natural habitat, but it’s important for the boat not to get too close
to them because of the way it can interrupt their daily activities. Quite often they enjoy interacting with the
boats so much that they get distracted from things like feeding, social interaction with
their own species, and breeding. They get so caught up in the moment, they
forget what they’re supposed to be doing!! 8. Whale Shark You might not think a shark with a five-foot-wide
mouth and more than 3,000 teeth would be the friendliest of creatures, but whale sharks
are the most gentle of all shark species. They pose no threat to humans at all, and
are usually pretty welcoming to those who want to swim alongside them. Despite their huge mouth, their throats are
only the width of a US quarter, and they only eat tiny micro-organisms. Their average speed through the water is about
3 miles per hour, so they are easy to keep up with, and in a lot of tourist areas they
are used to the presence of humans in the water, and don’t really seem to be bothered. Cancun is one of the best places to swim with
these giants of the ocean, where you’ll really feel small next to a 65-foot-long and
12 ton fish. There really is nothing quite like being surrounded
by a few of them, and the experience draws tourists from all over the world. If you visit “Las Afueras” you’ll even
have a chance to be amongst a feeding frenzy of hundreds of them, which is a spectacular
feat of nature. 7. Manatees Manatees, or sea cows, are also known as gentle
giants, and it’s clear to see why. They are fully aquatic and feed mainly on
plant life that they sift from the water. They can grow to up to 13-feet-long, weigh
about 1,300 pounds, and push their way through the water with their paddle like limbs. These slow moving, calm creatures, also have
an insatiable curiosity of humans, and seek out human activity for sources of warmth. Underwater discharge pipes are, as a result,
a popular spot for them to congregate because they are a good source of heat in the cool
waters where they live. When they see divers in the water, their curiosity
gets the better of them and they simply have to go up and swim with you, or at least see
what you are doing! The Crystal River in Florida is one of the
places where you can get in the water with a manatee, and it’s become a big tourist
attraction for people who want a chance to get up close with these loving creatures. They are so friendly to humans that the number
of visitors is now concerning locals who feel that the habitats are being threatened. In 2013, for example, 16% of Florida’s manatee
population died off because of a red tide algae bloom, so it’s important that the
perfect balance be found to allow humans and manatees to coexist. 6. Dolphins As one of the most intelligent animals on
the planet, it’s no surprise that Dolphins and Humans can develop close bonds. Whether it be helping people catch fish in
Brazil, rescuing stranded swimmers, or gliding alongside boats and playing in the wake- they
find us as interesting as we find them. They have also been seen to cautiously approach
pregnant women, because they can hear two heartbeats and, in captivity, they are very
effective in therapeutic treatments because of their friendliness and closeness. This isn’t just a recent thing, either. Frescoes of Dolphins in the ancient city of
Knossos in Crete show that this affinity between our two species has been going on for thousands
of years. A study that was conducted at the University
of Kyoto looked at why dolphins, in particular, are great companions to humans. They found that they see the world in a similar
way to us, and even go about solving problems in a similar way. Their echolocation is key as this is what
tells them where we are and that we are living beings. Some species are noted in scientific literature
as going out of their way to seek social encounters with humans because they are naturally inquisitive
by nature. It doesn’t mean that they are always going
to be cute and cuddly, but compared to other creatures, the dolphin can be considered quite
friendly. 5. Pacific Gray Whale Pacific Gray Whales are some of the most awe-inspiring
creatures you will ever see and, it turns out, they are incredibly friendly towards
humans. Their migration is the longest of any mammal
on earth- over 10,000 miles- and during this time as many as 20,000 of them can be seen
swimming together. It’s one of the most stunning sight in nature,
but despite their huge size, they are gentle aquatic giants. Very little is known about these majestic
beasts, especially when it comes to how they communicate. It’s possible to get up close to them yourself
in places like Baja in Mexico. There, they are known for swimming to passing
boats and putting on a show for people. Sometimes you might even see a mother and
her calf up close- showing no fear of proximity to humans. Over the course of history this has often
been to their detriment as humans have hunted the gray whales for hundreds of years. The fact that they are so friendly would have
made them an easy target. Now the gray whale is protected by the International
Whaling Commission. 4. Manta Rays Manta Rays are graceful creatures that glide
through the ocean, and can be very inquisitive and friendly towards humans. Some people even call them they puppy dogs
of the sea! The first thing to know is that Manta Rays
do not have stingers like Sting Rays do, so they pose no threat to humans at all. The danger is actually the other way around
because they have protective membranes that can fall off if touched, so if you do ever
swim alongside one it’s important not to hold onto it. Studies have shown that mantas may actually
be self aware and recognize themselves in a mirror. They have the biggest brain of any fish and
capable of learning and problem solving. They were once thought to be very dangerous,
but the increased popularity of diving around reefs has brought more people in proximity
with them. They are often hunted for their cartilage
which is used in Chinese medicine and females will only have a new pup every few years so
they are critically endangered in many places. Often you will hear stories of Manta Rays
swimming circles around divers, giving the sense that they are the ones being watched
rather than the other way around! It’s a very peaceful experience if you’re
ever lucky enough to swim with them in the wild- something that you can do if you go
to protected marine sanctuaries in Hawaii, Fiji, Thailand, or Australia. 3. Hammerhead Sharks The last type of animal you might expect to
see on this list is a shark, but some species are actually quite friendly towards humans. Even though the feeling is rarely mutual. Hammerheads are very rarely aggressive, and
quite enjoy investigating divers in the water. They are possibly the most unusually shaped
sharks ever, the shape of their head is thought to be a way to increase their sensory perception
while hunting for prey. Luckily, they don’t consider humans to be
food, though, and much prefer a diet of fish, squid, octopus, and stingrays. In Hawaii, sharks are considered to be gods
of the sea, and Hammerheads are not considered to be man eaters. They are one of the most respected creatures
of the ocean, known as an aumakua, and play an important part in local culture- with many
believing that they protect them from the dangerous shark species. Sadly, due to overfishing for their fins to
make soup, Hammerheads are now an endangered species, and the fishing of them worldwide
is heavily regulated. 2. Sea Turtles Sea Turtles are some of Earth’s oldest creatures
and have been around for more than 150 million years. There are seven species that live in the sea
and now three species are considered to be critically endangered. Human activity has a major impact on the habitats
of sea turtles- whether it be pollution, fishing, artificial lights, or the way we build on
the coast- but despite this, if you are ever to encounter a sea turtle in the wild, you’re
in for a magical experience. There are many YouTube videos of divers gaining
a sea turtle’s trust and interacting with them in the wild. The largest species, the leatherback can grow
up to 6.5 feet long, so they are often much larger than humans when in the water, and
they eat a diet of plants and small marine life. They don’t see humans as a threat as long
as you don’t start chasing them around. In most cases they won’t even acknowledge
our presence because we’re of no concern to them. If you’re lucky, they will take interest
in you though, and will swim up against you or let you swim alongside them, or very rarely
scratch their neck. 1. Porpoise Porpoises are small-toothed whales that are
closely related to dolphins, and they share large similarities in behavior and temperament. They tend to be a little smaller and the 6
different species live in waters all over the world, and some can survive in both fresh
and saltwater. Unlike dolphins, though, porpoises do not
do very well in captivity and struggle to survive without the freedom of the ocean. They love to approach boats and surfers, and
there have been a number of reports of porpoises actually saving people. In 2010, Dick Van Dyke, from Mary Poppins,
was surfing when he apparently fell asleep. Rather than drifting further out and being
lost at sea, he was supposedly rescued by a family of porpoises who nudged him back
towards the shore. He said he woke up out of sight of land, and
surrounded by fins. Initially fearing for the worst, he soon realized
that they were there to help him, and pushed him all the way back to land. There are many stories like these that show
that porpoises have a greater understanding of their surroundings than we may think, and
a great deal of compassion for other species. Too bad we as humans can’t say the same. Thanks for watching! Let us know about your experience with friendly
sea creatures in the comments below!! Be sure to subscribe and see you next time!!!

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