Top 10 photogenic marine animals at S.E.A. Aquarium

Want to be our Aquarium’s Next Top Model? Forget Kate’s cheekbones or Gisele’s endless legs.

What you need is your own brand of quirky-adorable or kooky-awesome to sink the competition, as demonstrated by our top 10 contenders.

Lionfish

Lion fish, Unusual fish with greater fins

No fish makes a grander entrance than the lionfish. Check out those dramatic fins.

But do you know that behind the drama lies a venomous secret? Truth is, these fins have needle-sharp spines that can inject venom into predators. No need to worry- the lionfish only uses its spines for protection.

Sea Dragon

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These celestial swimmers glide through the water like graceful ballerinas. Despite their graceful movements, male sea dragons are true “men” of steel – they are the ones responsible for childbearing! They develop a spongy brood patch on the underside of their tail where the eggs are incubated before they are born about four to six weeks later. Find out more about sea dragons.

Cowfish

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The cowfish is probably one of the goofiest looking fish. It’s perpetually curious face and unique way of swimming like a hovercraft easily brings a smile to the crabby and grumpy.

Here’s something else to tickle you further. Do you know the cowfish horns are thought to have evolved to make it harder to swallow for most predators? Their horns actually break off quite often but they can regrow within a few months! Sounds like a useful feature, don’t you think?

Boxfish

Boxfish

If there’s a fashionable animal, it is the boxfish with its bright yellow appearance and polka dot design. Despite its cute appearance, the boxfish has a powerful weapon against predators as it can release a poison from its skin. Its vibrant colour and black spots are a form of warning. Predators you have been alerted!

Manta Ray

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Their sheer size and impeccable grace gliding through the water (and sometimes somersaulting too) are a sight to behold. But did you know it is possible to easily identify these majestic animals? Each manta ray has a unique pattern and shaded patches on its underside– just like a human fingerprint! Manta rays, we know who you are!

Sea Jellies

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What’s the no-brainer way to up your Facebook or Instagram popularity? Post a picture of sea jellies.

Their hypnotic moves and ethereal colours are instant like-grabbers. Coincidentally, sea jellies themselves have no brain as we know it.  They rely on their elementary nervous system with receptors that detect light, vibrations, and chemicals in the water to navigate around. Who says you need brains to survive in this world?

Red Biscuit Sea Star

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It may not be a fish but we couldn’t resist its charm. The red biscuit sea star’s round tips and smooth sides make us wonder if it is cut out with a cookie cutter! But sweet as it looks, this is one tough cookie. If it loses any of its arms, another one will grow back.

Hammerhead Shark

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When it comes to unusual looks, the hammerhead shark tops the list with its elongated head. Their wide-set eyes give them a better visual range than most other sharks.

But here’s the really interesting bit, the hammerhead shark’s head acts like a “metal detector” which allows them to locate prey buried within the ocean floor. Like they say, you can run, but you can’t hide. Not from the hammerhead shark.

Emperor Angelfish

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The emperor angelfish has to be one of the most stunning fish you could encounter underwater. This king of good looks is also known for its longevity, with a life-span of up to 14 years. But life isn’t always smooth sailing, even for an emperor. When it is disturbed, it can make grunting noises.

Find out more about the emperor angelfish’s equally good-looking relatives: majestic angelfish and blueface angelfish.

Clownfish

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Bright orange with three distinctive white bars, common clownfish are the movie stars of the reef, thanks to Finding Nemo. But do you know that these “A-listers” work for food scraps?

Clownfish share a symbiotic relationship with their host – fish-eating anemones. The clownfish drive off intruders and remove parasites from the anemone, in exchange for food scraps and protection from predators.

So which is YOUR most photogenic fish at S.E.A. Aquarium? Share with us by commenting below!

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