Jellyfish are cnidarians, word that comes from Greek and means nettle (Cnida-), as this group of animals in their tentacles have stinging cells (cnidocitos) employing both to hunt prey and for their own defense.Read more
Dis you know that the cormorant's name comes from joining two Latin words 'corvus' and 'marinus', meaning 'marine crow'?
Cormorant's feathers are not waterproof, so when they come out of the water after fishing they have to open out their wings to dry them. Such behaviour is a common sight.Read more
... ITS BLOOD IS POISONOUS BUT THIS SITUATION CHANGES WHEN IT THEIR BLOOD REACHES OVER 75 DEGREES CENTIGRADE?
...it has no pectoral fins and that its bite is quite dangerous?Read more
...IN THE BREEDING SEASON THE COLOURS OF THE MALES CHANGE TO A VERY DARK BLUE AND THAT EVEN THE STRIPES MAY DISAPPEAR?
...the males guard the eggs until they hatch?Read more
... after the Galapagos giant tortoise, the Aldabra giant tortoise is the largest in the world?
Reaching lengths of over 120 cm and weights of 250 kg or more, it is not known for certain how long this animal lives, but its life span is very long. Come discover and learn more about this fascinating creature in the Oceanogràfic.Read more
... MALES HAVE TWO DIFFERENT PLUMAGES EACH YEAR?
...to find its food it dives to the bottom of the lakes and pools where it lives?Read more
... THE PUFFER FISH IS USED IN CHINA TO MAKE DECORATIVE LAMPS?
...the puffer fish has been given this name because it has the ability to swell up with water or air when it is attacked or frightened to several times its normal size?Read more
... that clownfishes adults live in pairs associated with an anemone?
Did you know that to protect the eggs from the tentacles of the anemone, the clownfish takes the eggs one by one on its mouth and then rubs them on the tentacles and the mucus on the tentacles covers the eggs and immunises the embryos against the stinging substance? Discover the clownfish in the Temperate and Tropical facility of the Oceanogràfic.Read more
...Spanish hogfish live in harems formed by up to 20 females and just one male?
They are distributed in coral and rocky areas of the western Atlantic, where they can swim and hide from predators without difficulty. Discover their caractheristics in the 'Oceans' facility and in the 'Tropical' facility of the Oceanogràfic.Read more
... its name from the characteristic shape of its body, which is very similar to the stringed instrument?
Did you know that it is a solitary fish that only joins others in order to reproduce? Did you know that it belongs to the same group as sharks?Read more
.... Juvenile batfish are carried along by the current, like dead leaves floating on the water surface?
Did you know that the orbicular batfish gets its name from the rounded shape of its body? Discover theses fishes in the Temperate and Tropical facility.Read more
... THE SUNFLOWER STAR is the biggest sea star there is, reaching 75 cm in diameter?
Did you know that it holds a second record related with speed as it can travel faster than 70 cm per minute? Furthermore, it is also known to be able to travel up to 3km, using its more than 15,000 ambulacral feet. Get close to them in the Temperate and Tropical facility.Read more
... sailfin snapper can reach reach 60 cm in length?
Did you know that it is usually a solitary species, though as an adult congregates in large shoals to mate? Meet them in the Temperate and Tropical facility of the Oceanogràfic.Read more
... in terms of length, it is the largest living arthropod in the world?
Did you know that this strange animal has been the focus of japanese popular mythology and appears in various legends? According to one of them, these animals go deep into the japanese jungles, terrorising the population... despite it looking like a sci-fi monster, it actually poses no danger to people!Read more
... FLAMINGOES DO NOT BREED UNTIL THEY ARE 6 YEARS OLD AND MAY LIVE FOR THIRTY YEARS?
...the Egyptians drew a flamingo¿s silhouette to represent the word ¿red"? ...and that our pink colour comes from the food we eat?Read more
...THE ANGLE SHARK'S coloration is remarkably similar to the sandy bottom, where they tend to live?
They are a cartilaginous fish that looks like something halfway between a shark and a ray. Look for them in the Oceans facility of the Oceanogràfic.Read more
...the dusty grouper changes sex when it reaches sexual maturity?
Their flesh is popular in our cuisine, which has led to their overexploitation. They are also sometimes fished illegally by divers, and this has caused their disappearance from much of the coast and especially shallow waters.Read more
...that venomous spine at the base of the tail of the Bull Ray can cause painful wounds?
Legend says it was a humanoid fish, whose shape recalled the robes of a monk, with a shaved head as in the style of the friarsRead more
... when threatened, surgeonfish escape to the corals where they stick close to the branches and bravely defend their territory?
Did you that they gets its name from the spine on either side of the start of its tail fin, which they use to defend themselves from other fish, or to defend their territory, by moving their tail from side to side? Know the surgeonfishes in the Temperate and Tropical facility in the Oceanogràfic.Read more
... TO APPEAR LARGER THAN THEY REALLY ARE AND THUS PROTECT THEMSELVES THEY FULLY UNFOLD THEIR PROMINENT FINS TO FORM A FAN?
...although they are good swimmers they can often be seen walking on the sea bottom supported by their extraordinary fins?Read more