Sometimes certain species are so incredible they look like works of art, almost too beautiful or strange to believe that they are natural and not man made. Octopus, sea stars, corals, and jellies, animals with bright colors, strange shapes, and fascinating movements, are just some of the sea’s living jewels highlighted in our underwater art gallery.GET TICKETS HERE
MEET AN OCTOPUS
Octopuses have eight arms covered with suckers
They use their arms for crawling, tasting, feeling, and grasping
Octopuses can open mason jars to get their food
There are about 200 species of octopuses
Octopuses range in size from less than an inch to over 20 feet across
Shy by nature, they pose little threat to humans
Octopuses will emit a black ink-like substance to shield its escape
A relative of both squids and octopuses, cuttlefish have eight arms and two tentacles. Cuttlefish have an internal skeletal structure. Cuttlefish are masters of camouflage and can quickly change their colors to match their surroundings.
Lionfish are known for their venomous fin rays, a feature that is common among marine fish in coral reefs. Their potent venom makes them excellent predators and dangerous to fishermen and divers.
JAPANESE SPIDER CRAB
They have the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching 12 feet from claw to claw. The body may grow to a size of 16 inches and the whole crab can weigh up to 41 pounds.
Scorpionfish are part of a family that includes many of the world’s most venomous species. As the name suggests, scorpionfish have a type of “sting” in the form of sharp spines coated with venomous mucus.
Commonly called jellyfish, jellies are not fish, but cnidarians. Most jellies move about by jet propulsion.
Some have tentacles, and some, like Australia’s box jellies, are extremely venomous. Jellies come in many sizes and shapes.
They are more than 95% water no matter how big they are!