Tropical Aquariums – The multicoloured diversity of the oceans

By German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

Deutsches Meeresmuseum, Stiftung Deutsches Meeresmuseum

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.

Kardinalsgarnele by Aquarium and Deutsches Meeresmuseum, DeutschlandGerman Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

Gemeiner Krake (Oktopus vulgaris)German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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.

The nautilids have pinhole eyes.German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

The weedy scorpionfish hides between corals, sponges and sea squirts.German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

Powderblue surgeonfishGerman Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

Leoparden-Drückerfisch (Balistoides conspicillum)German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic 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.

Its aquarium is filled with real corals, which bring diverse organisms to the aquarium water.German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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.

SeepferdchenGerman Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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.

Rotfeuerfisch by Aquarium and Deutsches Meeresmuseum, DeutschlandGerman Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

Anemonenfisch by Aquarium and Deutsches Meeresmuseum, DeutschlandGerman Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

Motionless, the stonefish lurks on the floor for its prey.German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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 tropical fish look like pine cones. Each has two light-emitting organs in its mouth, used to attract prey. Wit their powerful jaws, they crack open the hard shells of crabs and shrimps.German Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

Schwarzspitzen-Riffhaie by Aquarium and Deutsches Meeresmuseum, DeutschlandGerman Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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

Meeresschildkröten by Aquarium and Deutsches Meeresmuseum, DeutschlandGerman Oceanographic Museum, Foundation German Oceanographic Museum

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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