We often associate an animal with certain traits due to its physical and/or behavioural characteristics. Some of these traits are turned into positive symbolisms, making the animal an auspicious icon.
Here are 8 such auspicious marine animals which can be found at the S.E.A. Aquarium:
Weedy Seadragon: symbol of romance
The Weedy Seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) represents love as they adopt a mirroring behaviour when courting. They dance around each other, copying each other’s behaviour and finally touch each other with the base of their tails. Read more about the Weedy Seadragon.
Manta Ray: symbol of wisdom
The wise Manta Ray has the largest brain to body ratio of any sea animal. It is known to show signs of intelligence through its interactions with divers and has strong cognitive abilities, such as learning, problem solving and communication. Read more about the Manta Ray.
Moon Jellies: symbol of abundance
Moon Jellies (Aurelia aurita) best denote abundance as they dot the oceans in the thousands and bloom when ocean conditions are favourable. Read more about Moon Jellies.
Tasmanian Giant Crab: symbol of prosperity
The Tasmanian Giant Crab (Pseudocarcinus gigas) is one of the largest crabs in the world, reaching up to a mass of 18kg. It signifies prosperity because the Chinese word for its carapace (甲 jia) also refers to the highest score attained in the ancient Chinese Imperial Examinations. By coming up tops in the examination, one can look forward to a prestigious career in the state bureaucracy, which often means a life of prosperity. Read more about Tasmanian Giant Crabs.
Alligator Gar: symbol of longevity
The Alligator Gar (Atractosteus spatula) is a living fossil that has survived this planet for over 100 million years. Also known as a “primitive fish”, it is able to breathe both in the air and in water. Having the ability to live through the ages, the Alligator Gar is a species that exemplifies longevity. Read more about the Alligator Gar.
Pygmy Sweeper: symbol of unity
Pygmy Sweepers are a unified shoal as they collect in large groups to avoid predation. Usually found in sub shoals of different ages, these tiny sweepers are nocturnal feeders, dispersing at night to feed on zooplankton.
Tiger Cowrie: symbol of wealth
The Tiger Cowrie (Cypraea tigris) is a large sea snail found on reefs and sandy sea bottoms. Their shells symbolise wealth as these shells, also known as ‘shell money’, were used as a form of Chinese currency over 3,000 years ago.
Coral Reefs: symbol of strength
Coral Reefs are a symbol of strength as they protect coastal shorelines by withstanding waves and storms, preventing erosion of the land. Read more about Coral Reefs.
This Chinese New Year, dive into a sea of abundance at S.E.A. Aquarium where you can learn more about these auspicious marine animals, as well as catch Singapore’s one and only underwater SEAA Dragon.
More about Chinese New Year at S.E.A. Aquarium.