Did you know that corals aren’t plants? They are actually colonies of tiny living invertebrates called polyps, and unlike plants, these corals capture their food rather than making it. An elkhorn coral also might be the longest living animal in the world. Researchers estimate that the elkhorn corals in Florida and the Caribbean may actually have originated more than 5,000 years ago, proving that they’re resilient little sea creatures. Check out these “facts” about animals you have all wrong.
When it comes to whales, the Arctic-dwelling bowhead might not be the most familiar, but it does hold two distinct honors. First, the bowhead whale has the largest mouth of any animal; a mature male’s mouth may be one-third the size of its body. Second, bowheads can live to be more than 200 years old, making them the marine mammal with the longest lifespan.