French angelfish are often confused with their close relative, the gray angelfish. French angelfish have black scales edged with bright yellow while gray angelfish lack the yellow trim.
Piranha are known for their razor-sharp teeth and relentless bite. In fact, the word piranha translates to “tooth fish” in the Brazilian language Tupí. With its sharp teeth and pack-hunting behavior, the piranha is imagined by many to be a ferocious predator, especially in Hollywood movies.
LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE
Named for its exceptionally large head, Loggerhead turtles are the most abundant of all the marine turtle species in U.S. waters.
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The final animal selection, educational programs, and select activities will be released post our final aquarium indoor floor plan.
ARGENTINE HORNED FROG
The Argentine horned frog rarely moves. They hide on the forest floor, partially covered with leaves, waiting for a potential meal to scurry by. Horned frogs have a voracious appetite and will eat anything that can fit into its mouth, including snakes, mice and birds.
Learn all about and gain a better appreciation for horseshoe crabs - those familiar beach dwellers with a hard-shelled body with two large eyes.
One of the most fascinating and delicate creatures, Seahorses are fish, though they are also closely related to pipefish and sea dragons.
GREAT HAMMERHEAD SHARK
Although there are nine different species of hammerhead shark in the world, the great hammerhead is the biggest.
WARM WATER INVERTEBRATES
These Invertebrates are found in both tropical and subtropical waters. Worldwide invertebrates have no backbone! Any animal that doesn't have a spine is an invertebrate.
SAND TIGER SHARK
The sand tiger shark is a large, slow-moving shark notable for its jagged teeth and menacing appearance. This shark looks fierce as it slowly swims with its mouth open and needle-like teeth exposed.
The following is what we anticipate to house in our aquarium.
MEXICAN HORN SHARK
The Mexican horn shark is a species of bullhead shark that can typically be found along the eastern Pacific coast from Mexico to Colombia.
The arapaima, also called the pirarucu, is one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, and can breathe air.
Experience larger-than-life, insect-like giant isopods, deep sea species that can reach sizes anywhere between 7.5 - 18 inches.
LITTLE BLUE PENGUIN
Little blue penguins are the smallest species of penguin in the world, growing an average of 13 inches in height and weighing in at just 3 pounds on average.
The zebra shark is a large, bottom-oriented shark living in Pacific coral reefs. Like most other large bottom sharks, the zebra shark will rest during the day and hunt at night.
White-spotted bamboo sharks have dark brown stripes on a lighter brown/gray background, and white spots.The Brownbanded Bamboo Shark is known as one of the Cat Sharks because the barbels at the mouth look like cat whiskers.
Moon jellies are translucent, umbrella shaped marine species recognized by their four horseshoe-shaped reproductive organs easily seen through the tops of their clear bells.
The Atlantic menhaden is a species of fish related to the herring. It is silver in color with a black spot on its shoulder behind the gill openings. Menhaden will swarm together and form compact groups known as "schools", which are usually large in size and made up of both juveniles and mature adults.
Cichlids are one of the largest families of fish, with over 1600 described species. New species are discovered annually and scientists estimate there may be as many as 3000 species.
GREEN SEA TURTLE
The green turtle is one of the largest sea turtles and the only herbivore among the different species. Green turtles are in fact named for the greenish color of their cartilage and fat, not their shells.
BLUE HIPPO TANG
The blue hippo tang is a species of surgeonfish that has many different common names, including the royal blue tang, regal tang and palette surgeonfish.
Clownfish are famous for their symbiotic relationship with anemones. Anemones, related to jellyfish, have the ability to sting animals that touch their tentacles. However, clownfish have protective slime that covers their bodies so that the anemones do not sting them.
The bonnethead shark is one of the most abundant sharks in south Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It can typically be found in shallow bays and mangrove communities.
PACIFIC SEA NETTLE
This beautiful species has a distinctive gold-brown bell with reddish tentacles.
VIETNAMESE MOSSY FROG
We will also be home to the texturized and fascinating Vietnamese mossy frog! The mossy frog's red, green and black coloration along with uneven, bumpy texture enables it to blend in among mosses and lichens within its habitat.
MATA MATA TURTLE
Meet the quirky mata mata turtle, a freshwater species found in South America, primarily in the Amazon and Orinoco basins.
The sandbar shark, also known as the brown shark, is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world. It is the most common shark species swimming along the mid-Atlantic coast. Its most distinguishing characteristic is a taller than average first dorsal fin.
WAXY MONKEY FROG
Meet the fascinating waxy monkey frog. The name "waxy" comes from the texture of their skin and "monkey" because they walk instead of hop.
Come face to face with a variety of interesting amphibian species, including Amazon milk frogs. The name "milk frog" comes from the poisonous white secretion this frog produces when threatened.
They're cute. They walk funny. They're flightless. But these little guys sure can swim. They're African penguins!
Cape porcupines, are the largest rodents in southern Africa and one of the biggest porcupines on Earth.
POISON DART FROG
Poison dart frogs are an excellent example of warning colorations. Dart frogs are very toxic and will most likely kill anything that tries to eat it.
Perhaps one of the quirkiest inhabitants Kentucky Journey into the Oceans will house, axolotls are a must-see. Axolotls live exclusively in a small lake complex near Mexico City.
Most Eels reach a size between 24 to 36 inches. Eels feed mostly on fish and crustaceans, and most species adjust well to life in captivity and are very hardy inhabitants. A larger aquarium with adequate hiding places and a well-sealed lid is essential for maintaining Eels.
The stingray's coloration commonly reflects the seafloor's shading, camouflaging it from predatory sharks and larger rays.
This large hammerhead shark can be distinguished from other hammerhead species by the ‘scalloped’ front edge of its hammer-shaped head, having three evenly spaced indentations between the wide-set eyes.
NORTHERN DIAMONDBACK TERRAPIN
The Northern diamondback terrapin is the only species of turtle in North America, including Connecticut, that spends its life in brackish water (water that is less salty than sea water).
GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS
Aside from being the largest of all octopuses, the giant Pacific octopus is also recognizable by its typical reddish-pink color. Giant Pacific octopuses only live an average four to five years in the wild, yet they are still considered one of the longest-living octopus species.
The silky shark is named for the smooth texture of its skin, which is made up of densely packed scales called dermal denticles. It is one of the most abundant sharks and can be found in tropical waters around the world.
The blacktip shark gets its name from its distinctive black markings on the tips of its fins. Although it is found worldwide, it is one of the most common sharks found inshore off the coast of Florida.
COLD WATER INVERTEBRATES
These invertebrates are cold-blooded. They cannot regulate their own body temperature.There are so many different types of invertebrates that making a list of uniting characteristics is almost impossible.
The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling shark, found in tropical and subtropical waters, and its typical habitats are reefs, channels between mangrove islands and sand flats.
CHOCOLATE CHIP SEA STAR
The large black bumps that resemble chocolate chips to us, make the sea star look less appetizing to potential predators.