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Our Aquarium Creatures

Are you ready to be transported on an enchanting journey from the shorelines of Hastings to the tropical waters of the deep blue ocean? Glide through the wondrous waters where you’ll come face-to-fin with some fascinating creatures. Our romantic seahorses, majestic sharks, glow-in-the-dark jellyfish, graceful rays, and cute pufferfish can’t wait to meet you.

Take a stroll through the giant ocean exhibit and don’t forget to look up and see incredible views of reef sharks, stingrays, and shoals of colourful fish swimming overhead. You’ll be amazed at the underwater tunnel, which will open your eyes to the beautiful world of the deep blue ocean.

It’s not just what’s beneath the water, either. Our reptiles area offers you the chance to interact with our friendly creatures. From snakes to bearded dragons – it’s a great opportunity for you to overcome any creepy-crawly fears!

If you’ll be diving on by to see these fascinating creatures then let us know on Facebook and Twitter – we can’t wait to see you!

Clownfish

Clownfish

Amphiprioninae

Thanks to the hit film Finding Nemo, clownfish are amongst the most loved fish in the aquarium. Did you know that clownfish are known as hermaphrodites? They are all born male and then the most dominant male changes into a female.

Our mascot Charlie is a clownfish too! You can find these famous fish in our nursery tanks and can find our very own Nemo-themed tank right after the underwater tunnel.

African Bullfrog

African Bullfrog

Pyxicephalus adspersus

Our African bullfrog hopped on over in 2015 and guess what? He is still growing! Males actually grow up to 3lbs in weight!

This type of frog is carnivorous and eats insects, small rodents, reptiles, and even small birds. Jump in with these creatures in our Jungle Discovery zone.

Royal Python

Royal Python

Python regius

This species of python has a very unusual defense mechanism – it rolls up into a ball and rolls away if it feels threatened. It is often found in Africa. Don’t worry; they are non-venomous.

Our pythons are called The Professor and Bruce. You can slither up close to them during our daily animal encounters.

Big Bellied Seahorses

Big Bellied Seahorses

Hippocampus abdominalis

Hey, did you know it is the male members of the species who carry the babies and give birth? They are often found in southeast Australian and New Zealand waters. Reckon you can spot our big bellied seahorses? Then head over to our Native zone now!

Stonefish

Stonefish

Synanceia

WARNING! The stonefish is the world’s most venomous fish species to swim in our oceans – don’t get too close! Also known as a goblinfish or as a warty-ghoul, it has 13 dorsal fin spines that release venom in threatening situations.

Hovercraft Cowfish

Hovercraft Cowfish

Tetrosomus gibbosus

Come and meet our hovercraft cowfish named Jethro in the Toxic Tank! Jethro resembles an armour-plated box and spits water when he’s hungry. His species can be found all around the world from Africa to Indonesia, from Japan and right down to Australia.

Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragons

Pogona

The bearded dragon is a very unique creature. To welcome and greet other members of its group, it will stand on three legs whilst rotating its other leg in the air – basically waving to other dragons! Come and see if they’ll give you a wave too in the Jungle Discovery zone.

Black Tip Reef Shark

Black Tip Reef Shark

Carcharhinus melanopterus

Living within the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans, black tip reef sharks can grow up to 7 feet and weigh up to 30 pounds. Have a jawsome time with our two black tip reef sharks, who are called Razor and Elsa – you can find them in our Ocean Tank.

Lionfish

Lionfish

Pterois volitans

Found in the Toxic Tank, these fish have venomous dorsal spines that protrude from its body like a mane. If threatened, the lionfish will face its attacker in an upside-down pose to display its spines in an attempt to intimidate the predator.

Porcupine Pufferfish

Porcupine Pufferfish

Diodon holocanthus

Come and meet the famous inflatable fish! This fascinating species inflates its body by swallowing water. It does this to help radiate its sharp spines towards any predators who are threatening it.

Angel Shark

Angel Shark

Squatina squatina

One of the rarest shark species in the world, this particular shark resembles a large ray with its flat body and large pectoral fins. They have actually been declared extinct in the North Sea. They can sometimes be hard to spot as they bury themselves under sand. Let us know if you spot one in our Ray Tank!

Tub Gurnard

Tub Gurnard

Trigla lucerna

This fish’s back ranges in colour from pink to red. The belly is usually white, occasionally carrying a pinky-orange tint. It has a spiny armored head with finger-like pectoral fins that allow it to crawl along the sea bottom.

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