Meet Our New Residents at the Shipwreck Habitat – S.E.A. Aquarium!

It’s always exciting to welcome new friends. Some 100,000 marine animals from over 800 species will be calling the Marine Life Park (MLP) their new home – a unique environment for guests to get up close and personal with our marine residents.

What are some of the unique habits of these marine ambassadors? Here are some interesting facts about the animals that have already settled comfortably into their new home at S.E.A. Aquarium’s Shipwreck Habitat!

Golden Trevally

Golden Trevallies

Golden trevally form large schools which follow bigger fishes like groupers and sharks and occasionally sea jellies. These larger ‘hosts’ offer them protection against dangerous predators.  Often sourced as fish food, golden trevally do not give up without a fight when cornered – these fish are known for their fast runs.

Did you know?

Golden trevally are  strikingly and  beautifully coloured with bright yellow fins and black stripes – you’ll agree when you see them at the aquarium! These stripes and colour combination confuse would-be predators that try to single out individuals swimming in a school.

Longfin Batfish

These batfish have extremely elongated dorsal and anal fins,hence the name ‘longfin’;, and yellow  tails  which become relatively shorter with age. Adult batfish can  grow up to 60cm (24 inches) from the tip of their dorsal fin to the tip of the anal fin. .

Did you know?

Longfin batfish are extremely peaceful and social fish. They often form schools with others of their species, just like us forming our own cliques!

African Pompano

African Pompano with elongated anal and dorsal fin rays.

The African Pompano, one of three members of the diamond trevally genus, are easy to spot with their elongated anal and dorsal fin rays. These fin rays provide camouflage, and will become shorter as the fish gets older. They can be completely absent by adulthood – just like how some of us may lose our hair when we grow old!

Did you know?

These ‘Rapunzels of the seas’ have fin rays that are four times the length of their bodies. Imagine your hair four times the length of your body!

Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse

A bluestreak cleaner wrasse (the smaller fish) ‘cleaning’ a golden trevally

By feeding on parasites and dead tissues of larger fishes, the cleaner wrasse provide them with health benefits, in return for a hearty meal. These fish also set up ‘cleaning stations’ where aquatic creatures congregate and wait their turn to be cleaned – just like how our cars get washed at petrol stations! ‘Clients’ would usually open their mouths or position their bodies to signal that they need cleaning.

Did you know?

There is usually only one male in a group of wrasses. If the male dies, the dominant or largest female simply changes its gender to become a male. Bizarrely interesting, isn’t it?

Redtoothed Triggerfish

Like its name suggests, an adult redtoothed triggerfish has  prominent bright red teeth. Despite this seemingly scary appearance, it is  not as aggressive as other triggerfish. They are tolerant of other fishes  and live peaceably together with most species.

Did you know?

Redtoothed triggerfish are natural decorators and rearrange material in their habitats like rocks and pieces of coral, to suit their liking. It’s all about feeling comfy at home!

These are just some of the residents in our Shipwreck Habitat. They will soon be joined by other species when the Marine Life Park opens later this year. Subscribe to this blog to get the latest updates!

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