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What is the term for animals that live under water (not necessarily in an ocean)? Ideally this would include sharks, dolphins, crabs, seashells, salmons and pet fish. Here are some I can come up with, but none sound right:

  • Aquatic Animals
  • Ocean Creatures
  • Ocean Animals
  • Marine Lives
  • Marine Animals
  • Marine Creature
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closed as general reference by Jasper Loy, z7sg Ѫ, Mitch, Dusty, Shog9 Nov 17 '11 at 2:44

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Wikipedia: An aquatic animal is an animal, either vertebrate or invertebrate, which lives in water for most or all of its life. –  z7sg Ѫ Nov 17 '11 at 2:11

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Aquatic animal might fit best here. I just couldn't think of a better one.

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Totally agreed, there can surely be no better term for "things that live under water" than aquatic animal. If you were restricting the scope of your question to the open ocean, as suggested by the title of the post, then pelagic would be appropriate. –  Snubian Nov 17 '11 at 2:34

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