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Jacques, the Pacific cleaner shrimp

29 October 2014 by Alyster

Pacific cleaner shrimp

Pacific cleaner shrimp

We have many of the fish from ‘Finding Nemo’ at the Aquarium, but the non-fish we have from the film is the Pacific cleaner shrimp (‘Lysmata amboinensis’), which is the character  Jacques. I love invertebrates and this shrimp is in my top ten!  Read more…

‘Deb’ the humbug damsel

29 September 2014 by Alyster

A humbug damsel.

A humbug damsel.

‘Deb’ from ‘Finding Nemo’ is most like our species of fish the humbug damsels (Dascyllus aruanus).   Read more…

‘Bubbles’ the yellow tang

2 September 2014 by Alyster

A yellow tang.

A yellow tang.

‘Bubbles’ – from the film ‘Finding Nemo’ – is a yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) who is obsessed with the bubbles that come out of a treasure chest in his tank.   Read more…

Meet our very clever octopus…

4 August 2014 by Alyster

Octopus in a tankOur octopus is pretty clever. Octopuses need to be because they don’t have a hard shell, they don’t have any sharp venomous spikes to protect themselves and they’re pretty soft creatures who are very tasty to other sealife! If they didn’t use their brains, they’d be eaten up in no time.

Of course, our octopus doesn’t need to worry about escaping from predators; we don’t keep any in the tank with him. He doesn’t need to be feeling his way around, trying to find a quick exit or avoid being eaten.  Read more…

Gill – a very handsome fish

23 May 2014 by Alyster

A black, white and yellow fish

Moorish Idol fish. Image courtesy of Brocken Inaglory on Wikimedia.

The Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) is a very handsome fish in my opinion. They elegantly glide through the water with their elongated dorsal fin trailing behind them. It’s believed this extended fin is to show off to potential partners about how attractive they are. If they have a short dorsal fin, which does happen as it lures some species of fish to nip at it, the fish will be seen as weaker than those with super long trailing fins, who were able to avoid being nibbled.  Read more…

Fascinating fact: fish have good memories!

8 April 2014 by Alyster

Blue fish with a yellow tail

A Regal Tang

The Regal Tang (Paracanthurus Hepatus) is a stunning fish and arguably the best character in the wildy popular film, ‘Finding Nemo’. This probably explains why the sequel called ‘Finding Dory’ will be focused on her.

Dory in the film has short term memory loss, perhaps a nod to the urban legend that fish only have three second memories. I’m often asked if this is true. It’s not! I’m not sure where this has come from, it’s a bit of a myth. Read more…

A day in the life of the Aquarium

24 March 2014 by Alyster

Alyster, one of our aquarists, getting ready to feed the sharks.

Alyster getting ready to feed the sharks.

Hello, I’m Alyster, an aquarist at World Museum. Today I’m going to tell you a bit about a ‘typical’ day working in the Aquarium – although each day can be very different from the last! I’m not the only aquarist who works at the museum. Myself and Ben (who has a starring role in the video below) take care of the majority of the husbandry, with help from our boss Paul, who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and is happy to relay his 15+ years of experience as an aquarist.  Read more…

Meet our clownfish (aka Nemo!)

18 March 2014 by Alyster

'Clownfish' (or Nemo!)

‘Amphiprion percula’, commonly known as a ‘Clownfish’ (or Nemo!) Image courtesy of Haplochromis via Wikimedia commons.

Hi, I’m Alyster and I’m an aquarist at the Aquarium at World Museum. Over the next few months I’m going to introduce you to some of the fish in our Aquarium. I’ll be picking out the characters from the film ‘Finding Nemo’ and telling you more about the real fish behind the animation!

I’m going to start with the characters Nemo, Marlin and Coral, who are all clownfish.

It’s safe to say our clownfish are one of the most popular fish in our aquarium, and often draw the most attention. Children and adults a like will point with glee and exclaim “NEMO!” It’s no surprise given the massive success of the film and the iconic look the clownfish has. Read more…

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