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8 Facts About Seahorses You Should Know

Seahorses are some of the most fascinating creatures in the ocean, with their unique characteristics and behaviours setting them apart from other marine life. Despite their fish classification, seahorses boast distinctive traits that make them truly distinct from other fish. The peculiar appearance and unique behaviours of seahorses makes them stand out amongst other marine … Continued

6 Interesting Facts About Wrasse

Sharks, snakes, rays and seahorses may draw the biggest crowds here at Hastings Aquarium, but we reckon our wrasse deserve a slice of the limelight too. These colourful fish come in many different shapes and sizes, so seeing how many species you can spot in our tanks will certainly keep you occupied during your visit. … Continued

How Did These 6 Fish Get Their Names

From peppermint shrimp to the hovercraft cowfish, marine animals go by some pretty funky names. And this makes sense when you consider that there are over 33,000 known species of fish in our seas and oceans, with biologists hard-pressed to come up with original names for all of them. So, exactly how do scientists go about … Continued

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Angelfish

Angelfish are known for their mesmerising beauty and elegant movements, and hold a cherished place in the hearts of aquarium enthusiasts and marine biologists worldwide. From the regal Emperor angel to the enchanting Blue Queen angel and the fiery Flame angel, angelfish captivate observers with their diverse forms and striking hues. In our latest blog … Continued

What are Crustaceans?

Throughout the oceans, there are a wide variety of creatures that each have very unique characteristics, from fish to mammals, reptiles to molluscs, but today we’re here to explore a particularly fascinating type of aquatic animal: crustaceans. Crustaceans are a group of animals characterised by their hard exoskeleton, seen in species such as crabs and … Continued

Your Guide to the Diverse Family of Tetra Fish

There are hundreds of different species of tetra fish, some with very unique appearances and characteristics. At Hastings Aquarium you can see a great number of these fish right here in our exhibits, but for now, let’s learn a little more about this diverse family of fish and what makes them so interesting. What is … Continued

Meet the Pipefish: Everything You Need to Know

Oceans are home to one of the widest range of creatures on the planet, with huge variation even within species. Each species is uniquely adapted to its specific environment, whether that be diet, temperature or vegetation. The pipefish is no different in this regard. An instantly recognisable fish, the pipefish stands out for its odd-looking … Continued

Nine fascinating facts about Green Moray Eels!

Here are nine fascinating facts about Green Moray Eels (Gymnothorax funebris) – the first is that they’re not actually green! Instead, their skin is usually brown or grey with a yellow tint. The greenish hue comes from a yellowish mucus that covers their bodies, (eww!!)  giving them a distinct appearance. The Eels Length and Size … Continued

Octopus Quiz: Do You Know Your Octopus Facts?

The octopus has been on this earth for an incredibly long time, with ancestors of this majestic creature spanning back to around 330 million years. They are fascinating and beautiful to look at, with their rounded bodies and long arms. While many octopuses live along the ocean floor, there are some that live much closer … Continued

How Big is an Octopus? Comparing the World’s Octopuses

Octopuses are some of the most intriguing and fascinating creatures on the planet, with its name literally meaning “eight legs” in Greek. With many different types of octopus out there in the world’s oceans, each species has its own interesting features and characteristics. Octopuses come in all different shapes and sizes, not to mention their … Continued

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