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What is an Electric Eel?

Electric eels are fascinating creatures native to the freshwater ecosystems of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in South America. Despite their name, they are more closely related to catfish and carp than true eels. In this blog post, we will delve into the captivating world of electric eels, exploring their unique characteristics, behaviours, and … Continued

Meet the Jellyfish that Lives Forever!

In the vast depths of the world’s oceans, a creature with an extraordinary ability silently floats, captivating the curiosity of scientists and enthusiasts alike. The immortal jellyfish, with its mystical name, boasts a unique biological phenomenon that has intrigued marine biologists since its discovery. In this blog post, we embark on an exploration of this … Continued

Sea Snake vs Eel: What’s the Difference?

Throughout the world’s oceans, there is a diverse range of sea creatures that have are adapted to survive in the environment that they call home. It’s no surprise then, that some of these marine animals, despite being from very different families, can have similar adaptations to survive in the same environment. Skinny, long, and live … Continued

How Do Sharks Use Their Senses?

Apex predators are animals that are at the top of their respective food chains. Examples of apex predators include tigers, polar bears and some species of shark. All apex predators, and predators more broadly rely heavily on their highly tuned senses to track and catch prey. Sharks are no different in this regard, but which … Continued

What is a Sea Urchin?

The ocean is home to an incredible amount of different creatures, from the fish we all know and recognise, to some much more unique species that you might not have come across. The sea urchin is one such creature that you might not have frequently seen, or you might have even confused it with a … Continued

7 Facts about Port Jackson Sharks

Sharks are some of the oldest creatures that inhabit the earth, dating back over 450 million years. Because of this, there is massive variation in their appearance, diet, and habitat. In this blog, we’ll shine a spotlight on the Port Jackson shark, a brilliantly unique-looking shark that calls Sydney Harbour its home. Port Jackson sharks … Continued

Fish that Are Poor Swimmers

Some fish can’t swim very well – how’s that for a paradox?! That’s right, as absurd as it may sound, not all fish are strong swimmers. In fact, some species can scarcely swim at all, and have instead evolved some pretty ingenious ways to stay afloat in our seas, oceans, rivers, and lakes. So, of … Continued

6 Fun Facts About the Japanese Banded Houndshark

When you think of sharks, you might have an image in your head from a certain Spielberg film. A ferocious predator out for blood. However, this Hollywood caricature does these incredible animals a disservice. There are more than 500 species of shark that can be found in today’s oceans. These range from tiny Dwarf Lantern … Continued

Everything You Need to Know About Blind Cave Fish

One of the most important senses an animal can have is the ability to see. It helps to navigate space, find food and mate. However, the ability to see isn’t of much use when living in the dark depths of Mexico’s caves, as is the case with the Blind Cave fish. The Blind Cave fish, … Continued

Happy World Octopus Day!

World Octopus Day is an annual celebration that invites us to delve into the mysterious world of octopuses. At Bristol Aquarium, we are excited to join the festivities and offer our visitors a closer look at these extraordinary creatures. This blog will serve as your guide to the wonders of octopuses, focusing on their unique … Continued

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