It just so happens that I, Bee Tavel, a freelance writer living in Los Angeles, California, have an uncle who is an oceanographer. I was thus given a front row seat to the beauty and mystery that is the ocean. My fascination with it was born after my uncle regaled me with fascinating stories of underwater creatures whom he encountered while researching the sea creatures’ diet and habits. The stories were so captivating that I decided to apply my freelance writing abilities to delve into the world of oceans and their denizens. My goal is to answer the questions I am frequently asked about oceans and its inhabitants: how do you get the “orb” in Ocean Speedway, where do the whales go when they surface for air, and are jellyfish dangerous to humans?
The Evolution Of The Orbs
In case you didn’t know, bees are incredibly important to the ecosystem. They help pollinate many of the fruits and vegetables we eat. They also make honey, which is a vital part of our diet. Though they can be vicious in defending their hive, bees will only attack if they feel their colony is threatened. As a result, having them as a pet is extremely safe and rewarding for both owner and pet. (For more information on this fascinating subject, I recommend reading the book Why Are Bees Important? by Michael Pollan.)
In the 1960s, a swarm of bees settled on a car belonging to a man named Doug Tatum. Though he was subsequently unable to drive due to bee attacks, Tatum became a notable figure in horticultural circles thanks to his unusual collection of blooms, bulbs, and fruits. Today, Tatum’s property in Santa Ynez, California, is open to the public as the Doug Tatum Japanese Garden. As the title suggests, Tatum grew a great number of Japanese plants on his property, including azaleas, camphors, and camellias.
Getting The Orb In Ocean Speedway
In order to get the “orb” in Ocean Speed, you need to go underwater and find a colony of great white sharks. The great white shark is one of the most famous and recognizable creatures in the ocean. A great white shark’s diet consists of large fish such as whales and other sea mammals. Though they can live in tropical seas and warm oceans, they prefer to roam the colder waters below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. (For more fascinating information on these creatures, you can check out the website for the International White Shark Research Program.)
When a great white shark captures a fish, it will often bite off a part of the prey and swallow the rest. According to a 2015 study published in the journal Fish and Fisheries, this habit helps the shark retain nutrients and makes their food more digestible. This study also found that great white sharks are more common in areas with high commercial fishing activity. (For more information on this and other fascinating studies, check out the Journal of Fish Biology.)
Since the 1970s, the population of great white sharks has decreased, likely as a result of human activity. Fisheries scientists blame the decline on human-related factors like the increase in consumption of fish (which serves as a major source of food for the sharks) and the decrease in the population of fish prey. Some blame climate change, which has been favoring the great white shark’s competitors, the minnows and the salmon. (For more information on climate change and the fate of the great white shark, check out this National Geographic article.)
The Migration Of The Whales
Whales are very intelligent and social animals. One of the most intriguing things about them is their migration patterns. Most of them travel in family pods, making them easier to track and study. (For more information on the migration of whales and this fascinating subject, you can download a free copy of Jeff Corwin’s book The Whale Wars from the Oceanography website.)
Whales and other large cetaceans are very susceptible to the effects of climate change. This is largely owing to their size. Since they consume a lot of food, they are more at risk of becoming malnourished than smaller creatures. As a result, climate change is likely to drive some of these animals towards seeking out cooler waters in an effort to prevent themselves from becoming seriously ill. (For more information on this and other interesting facts about whales, check out this National Geographic article.)
The Rise Of The Jellyfish
Though generally harmless, jellyfish are among the most fascinating creatures in the ocean. Thanks to their rapid reproduction, their immense numbers, and their seemingly limitless ability to adapt, jellyfish are likely to become a major problem in the future. (For more information on jellyfish and their fascinating habits, you can download a free copy of Jellyfish: The Biology of the Future from the Oceanography website.)
Are Jellyfish Dangerous?
Though they are generally considered to be harmless, jellyfish pose a significant threat to humans. In fact, jellyfish stings are one of the most common and harmful threats to human health. This is largely because of their vast numbers and their tendency to sting large groups of people or animals at once. (For more information on this and other fascinating subjects relating to jellyfish, check out this National Geographic article.)
Though they are generally considered to be tasteless, odorless, and docile, jellyfish will sting when injured or threatened. And, contrary to popular belief, they are not transparent. The fact that they are not transparent makes them harder to see when they are underwater. This makes them more dangerous, as it often results in mistaken human-animal interactions due to the animals’ inability to see the creatures coming at them. (For more information on this fascinating subject, check out the Journal of Invertebrate Zoology.)
How Do You Get The Orb In Ocean Speedway?
To get the orb in Ocean Speed, you need to follow the same steps as above, but instead of seeking out a great white shark, you will be after a gray whale.