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December 11, 2023

Canadian Ocean Trivia: Test Your Marine Knowledge 

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Pacific white-sided dolphin jumping out of the sea at Johnstone Strait, Vancouver Island.


How much do you really know about the ocean?

A fun fact about the Oceana Canada team is that we love trivia, and now it’s your turn to play. This is a chance to test your knowledge about the ocean and the incredible animals that call it home. 

The answers are at the bottom. Before you move on to the next question, make sure to take your guess! Will you get a perfect score? Let’s play! 

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Craig Lambert

Which marine animal is often referred to as the “unicorns of the sea” due to its long, spiral tusks? 

  • Walrus 
  • Beluga whale 
  • Narwhal   

Which marine mammal is known for its long migration, with some individuals travelling from the Arctic to Hawaii each year? 

  • Blue whale 
  • Humpback whale 
  • Orca whale 

Canada borders three oceans. 

  • True 
  • False 

What is the largest species of sea turtle, known for its wide distribution and powerful flippers? 

  • Green  
  • Leatherback 
  • Loggerhead  

Where can you see beluga whales in Canada? 

  • Vancouver Island, British Columbia 
  • Halifax, Novia Scotia 
  • Churchill, Manitoba 

What unique adaptations do sea otters possess to help them stay warm in cold ocean waters? 

  • Thick blubber 
  • Dense fur 
  • They come to land to warm up  


  • Narwhal! The narwhal’s large tusk has coined them the nickname “unicorns of the sea.” These spiraled tusks are actually an enlarged tooth that has been seen reaching three meters in length!  
  • Humpback whales are known for their incredibly long migrations! Some humpbacks are known to travel over 15,000 kilometers round trip to access their feeding grounds in the summer and get back to warm waters for the birthing season. 
  • True! Canada is bordered by three major oceans: the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast, the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and the Arctic Ocean to the north. 
  • The leatherback. Weighing around 250 to 900 kilograms with lengths of up to two meters, the leatherback is the largest species of sea turtle! These incredible animals can be seen in the waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. 
  • Churchill, Manitoba, is one of the few places where you can see beluga whales up close in the wild as they migrate to Hudson Bay during the summer months. 
  • Sea otters have incredibly dense fur, with up to one million hairs per square inch, which helps insulate them and keep them warm in cold ocean waters. 

So, how did you do? Do you know as much about the ocean as you thought, or do you need to head over to our Marine Life Encyclopedias to brush up on your trivia skills? 

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