2016

Tropical Aquariums – The multicoloured diversity of the oceans

German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

The MEERESMUSEUM has long combined museum-like exhibits with living animals. The main focal-points in the aquariums are the Mediterranean as well as the more tropical regions of the world.

Also known as fire shrimp, these invertebrates make quite an impression with their vibrant colours.

Octopuses are celaphopods and are considered the most intelligent of all invertebrates. Feeding time in the aquarium for these creatures always makes for a special spectacle.

Nautilidae are the only surviving family of celaphopod that still wear a shell, which they never leave.

The weedy scorpionfish lives in in the remote depths of the ocean, carries venomous spines on its back and lives on small marine creatures.

Acanthuridae are amongst the most colourful fish of the tropical coral reefs. You can spot a variety of species in the museum.

Triggerfish can produce clear, audible sounds. They grind their teeth and can rub their pectoral fin against their swim bladder to produce a drumming sound.

Mandarinfish do not glide through water, rather they use their pelvic fins to slowly push themselves forwards. To do so, they keep their pelvic fins in contact with the sea floor.

Seahorses are amongst the most popular creatures in our aquariums. Their peculiar shape is characterized by a tube-like mouth and a long body, covered with bony plates.

The magnificent red lionfish inhabits coral reefs and carries a venom that is very dangerous to humans.

Clownfish are among the more common inhabitants of coral reefs. They form close relationships with reef anemones.

Stonefish live on the sea floor, generally disguised as a rock. Glands at the base of their dorsal fins produce a neurotoxin that is considered to be among the most venomous in the animal kingdom and is potentially lethal to humans.

These unusual-looking tropical fish resemble pinecones. They carry two photophores (light-emitting organs) in their mouths to attract prey.

Schwarzspitzen-Riffhaie zählen zu den größten Tieren in den Aquarien des MEERESMUSEUMs.

While undergoing a check-up by a vet in February 2016, 'Frieda' weighed in at 110kg on the scales, making her the heaviest among the five sea turtles of Stralsund.

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