While most of the group is foraging, one mob member acts as sentinel, keeping watch and sounding an alarm if predators are seen. Sentinel duty rotates throughout the group in the course of a day, and switching of duty is announced vocally.
Anti-predator behaviors include alarm calling, running for cover, mobbing, defensive threats, and covering the young.
If you see a seal pup on the beach, you should leave it alone and keep your distance. A mother may have left it on shore to go fishing (young harbor seals can’t swim), but she will soon return to care for her pup.
They have large eyes with flattened corneas that allow them to take in more light and see well underwater.
Their whiskers detect sound waves, which helps them locate prey.
A group of foxes is called a “skulk” or a “leash.”
The fur of the Arctic fox changes twice yearly. The winter fur is thicker and entirely white, providing camouflage against snow and ice; the summer coat is gray and brown, blending in with the tundra and grassy hills.
Their thick, heavy tails provide cover in cold weather.
Clouded leopards are among the best climbers in the cat family. They can climb upside down and hang from branches with their hind feet.
They have the largest canine teeth relative to body size in the cat family and can open their mouths much wider than other cats. For this reason they are sometimes called the “modern day saber-toothed cat.”
Because of their shy nature, nocturnal tendencies and excellent camouflage, wild clouded leopards are rarely seen by people.