In an attempt to ward off predators, schooling fish swim in groups or schools (pictured above), as a way to look bigger than just one fish. In the wild, schools of fish may contain billions of fish and stretch for many miles. The disadvantage of the schooling behavior is that the fish are easily caught in nets.
About 30,000 species of living fishes exist.
They represent 50% of all vertebrate species, outnumbering all mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians combined!
Fish are the most diverse of the vertebrates, coming in every shape, size and color imaginable. In the Ocean Realm you will be introduced to a few common fish and a few not so common species!
Check Out These Unique Species!
SPOTTED GARDEN EEL These eels live in colonies of thousands of individuals. They rarely leave their burrows so they rely on the ocean currents to bring plankton to them for feeding.
FLOUNDER Flounder begin their life looking normal, then one eye migrates through a slit in the head and settles next to the other eye. Depending on their eye orientation flounder can be right or left handed.
WEEDY SCORPIONFISH This fish is a master of camouflage and its frilly appendages help it to blend in with its surroundings. Their dorsal spines are venomous and can be painful if stepped on.