Sioux Falls Zoologists

"Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!"

The mirror test is an experiment developed in 1970 by psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr. to determine whether an animal possesses the ability to recognize itself in a mirror. It is the primary indicator of self-awareness in non-human animals and marks entrance to the mirror stage by human children in developmental psychology. Animals that pass the mirror test are: Humans older than 18 mo, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gorillas, Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas (Killer Whales), Elephants, and European Magpies. Others showing signs of self-awareness are Pigs, some Gibbons, Rhesus Macaques, Capuchin Monkeys, some Corvids (Crows & Ravens) and Pigeons w/training. (Sorry Kitty!)

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Blue Planet for describing the
animal life of the oceans and its surrounding environment.

The Blue Planet
Until now we've only touched the surface

The Blue Planet (2008) - 392 minutes
The Blue Planet at Amazon.com

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the deep oceans, yet the sea covers two-thirds of our planet. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life goes farther out and deeper down than we have ever gone before.

The BBC spent five years and $10 million to produce this landmark exploration of the ocean, a world we know less about than the moon. We go further out and deeper down to show you things that have never been seen before. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life reveals the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring.

  • Oceans World/Frozen Seas
    • Discover the blue whale - a perfect symbol for the vast and unknown oceans. Then journey to the poles, where life itself is a brief indulgence until the ice returns.
  • Ocean World
    • Experience the power of the Blue Whale - the largest mammal to ever grace our planet. Learn how the sun and moon help control and tame the ocean. Travel far and wide - from the Eastern Pacific to Alaska. From the Bering Sea to the shores of Southern California - and begin to understand the complexity and power of our oceans.
  • Frozen Seas
    • An environment where only the toughest survive, the Arctic and Antarctic are unrelenting habitats. Only in the spring does life begin again. Plankton blooms and feeds vast hordes of migrating fish, walruses rake the seabed for clams, and minke and humpback whales gorge themselves on gigantic swarms of krill. But it is a brief spring feast - the ice soon returns and pushes life back into the ocean.
  • Open Ocean/The Deep
    • The open ocean is a watery wasteland between the burning sun and the dark abyss, home to some of the ocean's most spectacular predators. Far below lurk some of the Earth's strangest inhabitants - the denizens of the deep.
  • Open Ocean
    • In the immense space of the open ocean the sea bed is a staggering five miles below the surface and the nearest island is over 300 miles away. Yet here live many of the most spectacular predators in the ocean. Marvel as you experience ruthless and beautiful battles between hunter and prey.
  • The Deep
    • A place of mountain ranges, perpetual night, pressure extremes and cold…and the weirdest life forms on our planet. Dive to the depths of the ocean, an eerie world where predators with teeth so large they can't even close their mouths, chase bioluminescent creatures of the deep. Discover the spectacular smoking chimneys of the hydrothermal vents. Go deeper down than you have ever been.

We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the deep oceans, yet the sea covers two-thirds of our planet. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life reveals the sea and its communities at their most fearsome and alluring.

  • Seasonal Seas/Coral Seas
    • Each year in Earth's temperate seas, whole forests bloom and die in response to the seasons. In the meantime, bright sunlight and warm clear water make a coral reef the rainforest of the sea.
  • Seasonal Seas
    • As the days grow longer, billions of microscopic plankton bloom under the blazing sun. Here in the temperate seas, three-ton basking sharks graze among the forests of giant kelp - the fastest growing plant in the world. The forests harbor thousands of other animals, including sea otters, brilliantly colored anemones, squid, and exquisite leafy dragons. But as the year wears on, storms rage in the icy sea…a desperate challenge for the animals that remain.
  • Coral Seas
    • Bathed in bright sunlight and warm, clear water, the coral reef is a rich oasis of life - the rainforest of the sea. Bizarrely adorned harlequin shrimp carry off a starfish several times their size, while haunting songs reverberate around the reef, heralding the arrival of humpback whales. Shimmering schools of brightly colored fish battle for territory in this competitive world where you have to stand out to survive.
  • Tidal Seas/Coasts
    • Each turn of the ride coaxes giant stingrays through underwater caverns, empties entire bays and strands sea creatures on suddenly dry land. On the ever-changing coasts, life begins and ends in the surf.
  • Tidal Seas
    • The sun and moon move billions of tons of water with every turn of the tide. The strongest tides empty entire bays, smash trees on riverbanks, and strand sea creatures on suddenly dry land. Weaker tides control the movements of huge numbers of fish, coaxing schools of giant stingrays through astounding underwater arches. And as the water recedes, the tide can create unbelievable landscapes - like a sparkling world of salt crystals inhabited only by tiny shrimp and bright pink flamingos.
  • Coasts
    • From rocky cliffs to gentle dunes, the coasts are always changing. Day in and day out, they are battered by crashing waves. Seabirds come here by the thousands to nest, while baby turtles hatch and race to the sea, pursued by hungry predators. Young sea lion pups are born and play in the sand - until a killer whale attacks, crashing in on the surf. But when breeding season is over, life returns to the sea and the shores are empty once again.

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The Blue Planet
Until now we've only touched the surface

Sioux Falls Zoologists endorse The Blue Planet for describing the
animal life of the oceans and its surrounding environment.