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Creatures

Over 40 naturally themed habitats transport you on a fantastic journey from the shoreline of Hastings to the tropical waters of the deep ocean. Along the way come face-to-face with fascinating seahorses, pulsating jelly fish, amazing pufferfish and graceful rays.

At the Aquarium’s heart is the giant ocean exhibit where an underwater tunnel offers incredible views of reef sharks, stingrays and shoals of colourful reef fish.

Our Remarkable Reptiles area also offer visitors the chance to get up close to and interact with our friendly reptile residents – snakes and bearded dragons -providing a great opportunity to overcome any fears!

Clownfish

Clownfish

Amphiprioninae

One of the most loved fish in the Aquarium thanks to the Disney hit film Finding Nemo. Even our Mascot Charlie is a Clownfish! Find them in our nursery tanks and our Nemo themed tank after the tunnel.

African Bullfrog

African Bullfrog

Pyxicephalus adspersus

Our African Bullfrog joined us in 2015 and he is still growing – males can weigh up to 3lbs! African Bullfrogs are carnivorous and in the wild will eat insects, small rodents, reptiles, small birds and other amphibians. Our African Bullfrog can be found in the Jungle Discovery zone.

Royal Python

Royal Python

Python regius

We have two Royal Pythons at Blue Reef Aquarium – The Professor and Bruce. Royal Pythons are found in Africa and are non venomous. Our pythons are one of the species we use during our Animal Encounters at 1pm and 3pm. Get up close and face your fears!

Big Bellied Seahorses

Big Bellied Seahorses

Hippocampus abdominalis

Spot our Big Bellied Seahorses in our Native zone. They are found in the wild in southeast Australia and New Zealand. Did you know it is the male members of the species who carry the babies?

Stonefish

Stonefish

Synanceia

WARNING! The Stonefish is the world’s most venomous fish species also known as goblinfish and warty-ghouls.
Our Stonefish was originally kept as a pet, however she was given to a Hampshire pet shop after her tank developed a crack.
The shop contacted aquarists at Blue Reef who were happy to take her on!

Hovercraft Cowfish

Hovercraft Cowfish

Tetrosomus gibbosus

Jethro our Hovercraft Cowfish can be found in the Toxic Tank. Jethro resembles an armour-plated box and spits water when he’s hungry. His species is found from East Africa to Indonesia, north to Japan, and south to Australia.

Bearded Dragons

Bearded Dragons

Pogona

We have three beautiful Bearded Dragons living in the Jungle Discovery zone. Their names are Gladys, Phyllis and Agnes. They could be one of the animals you meet during our Animal Encounters at 1pm and 3pm.

Black Tip Reef Shark

Black Tip Reef Shark

Carcharhinus melanopterus

We have two Black Tip Reef Sharks. Both live in our Ocean Tank and are called Razor and Elsa.

Black Tip Reef Sharks are among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Lionfish

Lionfish

Pterois volitans

Here at Blue Reef Hastings, our lionfish can be found in our Toxic Tank as these fish have venomous dorsal spines that protrude from the body like a mane. When threatened, lionfish will face its attacker in an upside-down pose which displays its spines in order to intimidate the foe.

Porcupine Pufferfish

Porcupine Pufferfish

Diodon holocanthus

Porcupine Pufferfish are able to inflate their bodies by swallowing water. This helps to stop them becoming food as a predator needs a very large mouth! They also have lots of sharp spines that radiate out to deter predators.

Angel Shark

Angel Shark

Squatina squatina

This rare shark species resembles a large ray with its flat body and large pectoral fins. They have even been declared extinct in the North Sea. You’ll have to look hard to spot our Angel Shark Angelus when he is buried in the sand of our Ray Tank!

Tub Gurnard

Tub Gurnard

Trigla lucerna

A Tub gurnard is a species of bottom-dwelling coastal fish with a spiny armored head and fingerlike pectoral fins used for crawling along the sea bottom. The back ranges from a pink to full red shading down to a white belly occasionally carrying a pinky orange tint.