The true peace of God begins at any spot a thousand miles from the nearest land.

This file includes Amoebas, Beavers and Muskrats, Clams, Crabs, Crawdads, Dolphins and Porpoises, Fish, Lobsters, Octopus, Otters, Penguins, Platypuses, Seahorses, Seals, Sharks, Walruses, Whales, and miscellaneous.

Also see Reptiles and Amphibians, Wild Animals, Dragons and Dinosaurs, Insects, Birds, Pets, Misc Animals, Farm Animals and Fishing.

Page Toppers


Songs about Aquariums

Songs about Things Aquatic

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Amoebas at the start were not complex--then they tore themselves apart and started sex. (Arthur Guiterman)


(song by Weird Al Yankovic)

The Amoeba is so small you need
A microscope to see one.
It hurts the eyes, but I'll concede,
I'd rather see than be one.
They never sing or laugh or talk
Or eat fondue or quiche.
And if you take one for a walk
You need a tiny leash.
I know the thing must have a brain
Although I couldn't tell you where.
It sure must be an awful pain
To be so unicellular.

Songs about Amoebas

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Beavers and Muskrats


from Over in the Meadow

Over in the meadow,
In the reeds on the shore
Lived an old mother muskrat
And her little ratties four
"Dive!" said the mother;
"We dive!" said the four
So they dived and they burrowed
In the reeds on the shore.

Songs about Beavers

Songs about Muskrats

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Page Toppers

Songs about Clams

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Hermit's House

(Gail Nettles and Kitty Ainsworth)

Hermit the crab
Had a cute little home,
He carried on his back
Wherever he did roam.

But one day he woke up
And his home was too small,
So he had to go shopping
In the underwater mall.

He found an empty shell
That comfortably would fit.
He moved right in--
His new home was a hit!

Scurry Scurry Hermit Crab

Scurry, scurry hermit crab
Look for food that you can grab.
Search for shells that fit just right,
Hide in them when it is night.
Scurry, scurry hermit crab,
Look for food that you can grab.

Songs about Crabs

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Crawdad Song

You get a line and I'll get a pole, Honey,
You get a line and I'll get a pole, Babe.
You get a line and I'll get a pole,
We'll go down to the crawdad hole,
Honey, Baby mine.

other verses:

Sittin' on the bank til my feet get cold,
Watchin' that crawdad dig his hole.

Standin' on the corner with a dollar in my hand,
Standin' there waitin' for the crawdad man.

Yonder comes a man with a sack on his back,
Packin' all the crawdads he can pack.

The man fell down and he broke that sack,
See those crawdads backing back.

I heard the duck say to the drake,
There ain't no crawdads in this lake.

What you gonna do when the lake goes dry,
Sit on the bank and watch the crawdads die.

Songs about Crawdads

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Dolphins and Porpoises


(Helen H. Moore)

Dolphins, dolphins in a pod,
Their squeaking language sounds so odd.
To us, that is,
but maybe we
sound odd to dolphins in the sea.

Songs about Dolphins

The Porpoise

(Ogden Nash)

I kind of like the playful porpoise,
A healthy mind in a healthy corpus.
He and his cousin, the playful dolphin,
Why they like swimming like I like golphin.

Songs about Porpoises

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Page Toppers and Quotes

If I Were a Fish

If I could have a single wish
I'd dearly wish to be a fish
Swimming in the deep blue sea

But if I were a fish I think
I'd have no chocolate milk to drink
None of my favorite songs to sing
No playing on a tire swing
I couldn't hug my family
And I know they would surely miss me!

So though a fish's life sounds cool
I'll stick to swimming in the pool.


How I wish
I were a fish!
My day would begin
Flapping my fins.
I'd make a commotion
Out in the ocean.

It would be cool
To swim in a school.
In the sea,
I'd move so free,
With just one thought,
Don't get caught.


Pretty little goldfish
Never can talk.
All it does is wiggle
When it tries to walk.


(Arthur S. Bourinot)

The little fish are silent
As they swim round and round.
Their mouths are ever talking
A speech without a sound.

Now aren't the fishes funny
To swim in water clear
And talk with words so silent
That nobody can hear?

Songs about Fish

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Quotes about Lobsters

The Lobster Quadrille

(Lewis Carroll)

"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail.
"There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle--will you come and join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance--
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France--
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?"

Songs about Lobsters

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The Octopus

(Ogden Nash)

Tell me, O Octopus, I begs
Is those things arms, or is they legs?
I marvel at thee, Octopus;
If I were thou, I'd call me Us.

Songs about the Octopus

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Mrs. Potter, the Otter

Down by the river, there lived an otter,
Who was known as Mrs Potter.
Every day she looked for eels,
And cooked them for her husband's meals.
One day he said, "I'm tired of this,
Can't you find another dish?"
So off she went and did not stop,
Until she found a sweetie shop.

In she went, and gave her money,
To the man who thought it funny.
"Goodness me! Are you an otter?"
"Yes," she said, "I'm Mrs Potter."

Home she ran with bags of sweets,
To give her husband lots of treats.
He ate them all, and did not stop,
Till he was filled from toe to top.

Songs about Otters

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(I know Penguins are birds but it seemed more logical to put them here.)


(Meish Goldish)

I know a bird
That cannot fly;
Penguin is its name.
It cannot fly,
But it can swim
With speed that wins it fame!

I know a bird
That lives on ice
And waddles to the sea.
It looks so cute
In its black and white suit,
As handsome as can be!

A Question About Penguins

When do penguins change their clothes?
They must have others I suppose.
Can it be they're always dressed
In party clothes, that can't be messed?
Gathered in suits of black and white
Perfect for some formal night--
Do they expect a king or queen
To grace their distant glacial scene?
It would make me feel much better
If I knew each one owned a sweater.

Songs about Penguins

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The Platypus

(Oliver Herford)

My child, the Duck-billed Platypus
A sad example sets for us:
From him we learn how Indecision
Of character provokes Derision.
This vacillating Thing, you see,
Could not decide which he would be,
Fish, Flesh, or Fowl, and chose all three.
The scientists were sorely vexed
To classify him; so perplexed
Their brains that they, with Rage at bay,
Called him a horrid name one day--
A name that baffles, frights, and shocks us--
Ornithorhynchus Paradoxus.

Songs about the Platypus

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Blake Morrison

O under the ocean waves
I gallop the seaweed lanes,
I jump the coral reef,
And all with no saddle or reins.

I haven't a flowing mane,
I've only this horsey face,
But under the ocean waves
I'm king of the steeplechase.

Songs about Sea Horses

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Seals and Seal Lions

The Seal

(Claire Boiko)

I could squeal
about the seal.
He's sleek and swift and wet.
He can balance a ball--
If it doesn't fall!
And sing--if he doesn't forget!

He's soft to feel
The lovely seal,
And just as black as jet.
His favorite dish
Is a wiggly fish.
Oh, what a charming pet!

Please Remove Seal

(Jack Prelutsky, from A Pizza the Size of the Sun)

the sign on the box clearly read.
I don't have a seal, but I'm taking no chances--
I'll toss out my walrus instead.

Songs about Seals



(Helen H. Moore)

I went to the aquarium,
And in a tank so dark,
I saw a smooth and swimmy shape,
And knew it was a shark.

I went to the aquarium,
And through a wall of glass,
I saw that shark and thought--
Oh! What a lot of teeth he has!

He swam around so quietly,
He swam around so quick--
I'm awfully glad,
That his tank had
That wall of glass, so thick!

Songs about Sharks


The Walrus

(Jack Prelutsky, from Talking Tigers, Poems to Share)

The widdly, waddly walrus
has flippery, floppery feet.
He dives in the ocean for dinner
and stands on his noggin to eat.

The wrinkly, crinkly walrus
swims with a debonair splash.
His elegant tusks are of ivory
and he wears a fine walrus mustache.

The thundery, blundery walrus
has a rubbery, blubbery hide.
He puffs up his neck when it's bedtime
and floats fast asleep in the tide.

Songs about Walruses

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What is a Whale?

A whale is not as small as us.
Most whales are bigger than a bus!
A whale is not like a fish in the sea.
A whale breathes air like you and me.
A whale can't walk upon the ground.
A whale must swim to get around.
A whale is a mammal just like me.
But its home is in the deep blue sea.

Songs about Whales

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