OCTOPUS CAN JOIN YOUR ADVENTURE!

NATURE’S ARTWORK

A collection of delicate undersea life such as Pacific Giant Octopus, sea anemones, living corals, jellies, weedy sea dragons are featured as art in The Living Gallery.

Coral reefs are a vibrant underwater oasis which provides protection to all types of marine life. Some of the “plants” that flow back and forth in the currents are not plants at all, they are actually animals. View many of these plant-like animals that depend on the sun for nutrition such as the giant clam, hammer corals, and brain corals to name a few.

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WEEDY SEA DRAGON

The Weedy Sea Dragon is a marine fish related to the seahorse. These fish are slow-moving and rely on their camouflage appearance for protection. They drift in the water and with leaf-like appendages resemble the swaying seaweed of their habitat. Males have narrower bodies and are darker than females.

Sea dragons have a long dorsal fin along the back and small pectoral fins on either side of the neck, which provide balance.

OCTOPUS

Octopuses have eight arms covered with suckers. They use their arms for crawling, tasting, feeling, and grasping and can open mason jars to get their food. There are about 200 species of octopuses. They range in size from less than an inch to over 20 feet across.

Shy by nature, they pose little threat to humans, they will emit a black ink-like substance to shield its escape.

JELLIES

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 99% water no matter how big they are!

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