Aquarium Guide

Aquarium Guide

With fun facts about more than 100 animals, this long-awaited Aquarium Guide includes beautiful pictures and reveals the incredible facts and design features that point to our amazing Creator. This handy size guide is excellent for school field trips and family trips to your favorite aquarium!

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  • Children Butterflyfish
    July 31, 2007

    The butterflyfish is a laterally thin fish.

  • Children Archerfish
    Nov. 17, 2009

    The archerfish gets its name from its ability to shoot a precisely-aimed stream of water at its prey, which are mostly insects living on land.

  • Children Clown Triggerfish
    Dec. 15, 2008

    The clown triggerfish gets its name because of its unusual coloring and pattern. The clown triggerfish’s lips are bright orange.

  • Children Long Spine Porcupine Fish
    Sept. 17, 2007

    The long-spine porcupinefish has dark patches on its sides and back. It has long spines that protrude from all over its body, except for the fins and face.

  • Children Sea Dragon
    Sept. 3, 2007

    The sea dragon has elaborate skin filaments that hang from its head, body, and tail.

  • Children Seahorse
    Sept. 22, 2008

    The body of the seahorse is similar to the leafy and weedy sea dragons.

  • Children Bonnethead Shark
    March 3, 2008

    This shark is a grayish-brown color on its dorsal side with a lighter underside. It has small teeth in the front of its mouth and broad teeth in the back.

  • Children Whale Shark
    Dec. 1, 2007

    The whale shark is dark gray or greenish gray from its back to the middle of its sides. Its belly is off-white.

  • Children Chambered Nautilus
    July 31, 2007

    The nautilus has an unusually long life span for a cephalopod; it may live for more than 15 years.

  • Children Cleaner Shrimp
    Sept. 1, 2007

    This shrimp is known for the orange coloring along its sides and the long red stripe on its dorsal side that is bisected by a narrow, white band.

  • Children Cuttlefish
    Oct. 6, 2008

    The thick internal shell of a cuttlefish is called a cuttlebone. It is made of calcium carbonate and contains numerous gas- and/or water-filled chambers.

  • Children Feather Duster
    July 21, 2007

    The feather duster has a series of feathery tentacles on its head that it uses to filter nutrients from the water and take in oxygen.

  • Children Ghost Crab
    Oct. 20, 2008

    The ghost crab is aptly named. It is a pale, sandy color, making it almost invisible on the sand. Its black eyes are held aloft on stalks.

  • Children Giant Octopus
    Nov. 17, 2008

    The giant octopus is one of the largest invertebrates.

  • Children Horseshoe Crab
    Aug. 4, 2008

    The soft body of the horseshoe crab is protected by a hard, outer shell.

  • Children Sea Slug
    April 14, 2008

    Most sea slugs are brightly colored, which may warn potential predators to stay away.

  • Children Sea Star
    Aug. 18, 2008

    The sea star usually has five sections or arms, or multiples of 5, 10, 20, or even 40 arms.

  • Children Squid
    May 26, 2008

    The squid has two fins, a mantle, and a head that bears eight arms and two tentacles, each covered with suckers, which are armed with hooks or sucker rings.

  • Children Arctic Tern
    July 7, 2008

    The Arctic tern has a white body with a black cap on its head, gray upper wings, back, and underparts, and a deeply forked white tail.

  • Children Atlantic Puffin
    May 12, 2008

    All three species of puffins stand upright and have black and white head and body plumage. They also have brightly-colored bills, mostly yellow and orange.

  • Children Emperor Penguin
    April 28, 2008

    The emperor penguin is the largest of the penguin species. It is easily recognized with its jet black head, grayish-black wings and back, and white belly.

  • Children Flamingo
    Nov. 3, 2008

    The flamingo is known for its bright pink feathers and uniquely downcurved black-tipped bill, which is adapted to filter feeding.

  • Children Great White Pelican
    March 17, 2008

    The great white pelican has white feathers with black wing tips.

  • Children Beluga Whale
    March 31, 2007

    The beluga whale is known for its milky white skin. Young are gray or pinkish brown at birth but fade to white as they grow.

  • Children Bottlenose Dolphin
    Aug. 20, 2007

    The name “bottlenose” comes from this dolphin’s elongated upper and lower jaws that form what is called the “rostrum.”

  • Children Harbor Seal
    June 9, 2008

    The harbor seal is covered by a coat of short, thick hairs. These hairs are white to black.

  • Children Killer Whale
    June 23, 2008

    Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family.

  • Children Manatee
    Aug. 6, 2007

    The manatee is a large creature with two fore-flippers and one rear flipper that acts as a rudder when it swims. The manatee is often referred to as a sea cow.

  • Children Sea Otter
    Feb. 18, 2008

    The sea otter has webbed hind feet which are perfect for swimming; its forefeet are smaller with semi-retractable claws.

  • Children Loggerhead Sea Turtle
    July 31, 2007

    Sea turtles can rest or sleep underwater for several hours at a time.

  • Children Zebra Shark
    Oct. 12, 2012

    Like other bottom-dwelling sharks, the zebra shark can pump water over its gills.

  • Children Marine Iguana
    Oct. 5, 2012

    Being a cold-blooded creature, the marine iguana can spend only a limited time in the cold water surrounding the Galapagos Islands to find its food.

  • Children Roseate Spoonbill
    Sept. 28, 2012

    The roseate spoonbill feeds by wading slowly through the water, sweeping its long bill from side to side.

  • Children Whitetip Reef Shark
    Sept. 14, 2012

    The whitetip reef shark is a nocturnal creature.

  • Children Sea Snake
    Sept. 7, 2012

    The sea snake is an air-breathing reptile and must come to the surface to breathe.

  • Children Alligator Snapping Turtle
    Aug. 31, 2012

    The alligator snapping turtle has a fascinating hunting technique.

  • Children Tiger Shark
    Aug. 24, 2012

    Like most sharks, the tiger shark has an incredible sense of smell.

  • Children Sea Urchin
    Aug. 16, 2012

    The five bony teeth of the sea urchin were given to the original created kind to help it scrape algae (its food) from rocks.

  • Children Stingray
    Aug. 9, 2012

    The eyes of the stingray are on the top of its body, while its mouth is on the underside of its body.

  • Children Nurse Shark
    Aug. 2, 2012

    Unlike most sharks, the nurse shark does not have to constantly move water across its gills to breathe.

  • Children Oyster
    July 26, 2012

    The oyster is a filter-feeder that gets its food by filtering food particles from water with its gills.

  • Children Common Mussel
    July 19, 2012

    Common mussels live in large colonies.

  • Children Double-Crested Cormorant
    July 13, 2012

    The double-crested cormorant is designed with a hook-like tip on its bill, which helps it capture its prey underwater.

  • Children Common Sand Dollar
    July 5, 2012

    Small but numerous spines of the common sand dollar are its primary tool for burrowing within the upper few centimeters of sandy ocean bottoms.

  • Children Anhinga
    June 27, 2012

    The anhinga’s neck, bill, and feet all help it catch prey.

  • Children Sea Anemone
    June 23, 2012

    Some sea anemones have an important symbiotic relationship with algae species.

  • Children Glaucous-Winged Gull
    June 15, 2012

    The glaucous-winged gull eats mollusks that have hard outer shells by dropping them onto coastal rocks from the air to break them open.

  • Children Sponge
    June 6, 2012

    God designed the sponge with the ability to draw water into its body through tiny holes.

  • Children Sea Cucumber
    May 31, 2012

    When surprised by a predator, some sea cucumbers can expel their internal organs along with a sticky substance.

  • Children Coral
    May 24, 2012

    Scientists have discovered that coral has layers.

  • Children Scallop
    May 17, 2012

    The scallop has an incredibly strong muscle that keeps its shell closed.

  • Children Crayfish
    May 11, 2012

    The crayfish must shed its hard exoskeleton in order for its soft body to grow and mature.

  • Children Whelk
    May 3, 2012

    The whelk uses its radula (a tongue-like feature with rows of teeth) to bore a hole into the shell of its prey to reach the protected flesh.

  • Children Mandarin Duck
    April 26, 2012

    This bird is not hunted for food because it has a bad taste.

  • Children Albatross
    April 12, 2012

    With its large wings, the albatross uses wind currents to aid in extended flights.

  • Children Spanish Dancer
    April 5, 2012

    Part of this creature’s defense mechanism is its bright coloring.

  • Children Queen Conch
    March 29, 2012

    The conch builds its own shell out of calcium carbonate that it gets from the ocean.

  • Children Hermit Crab
    March 23, 2012

    Some hermit crabs have an unusual relationship with the sea anemone.

  • Children Leopard Shark
    March 16, 2012

    Research indicates that the red blood cells of the leopard shark are smaller and more numerous than the red blood cells of other sharks.

  • Children Common Murre
    March 9, 2012

    The common murre dives after its food, often to depths of 100 ft (30 m).

  • Children Common Limpet
    March 1, 2012

    The shape of the limpet varies. The closer the limpet is to the water, the flatter and smaller its shell.

  • Children Chiton
    Feb. 23, 2012

    The chiton is well-designed for its habitat and diet.

  • Children Giant Clam
    Feb. 16, 2012

    The giant clam gets some of its food by filtering the seawater with its siphon.

  • Children Manta Ray
    Feb. 9, 2012

    Flexible horns are used to direct plankton and water into the manta’s very broad and wide mouth.

  • Children American Lobster
    Feb. 3, 2012

    The lobster has a unique design. Its mouth is used for much more than just eating.

  • Children Box Jellyfish
    Jan. 27, 2012

    The box jellyfish is able to see through four sets of eyes!

  • Children Great Hammerhead Shark
    Jan. 12, 2012

    The most striking design feature is the shape of the great hammerhead shark’s head.

  • Children Blue Shark
    Jan. 5, 2012

    The blue shark’s sleek, tapered body makes it a graceful swimmer.

  • Children Diamondback Terrapin
    Dec. 23, 2011

    The adult diamondback terrapin nests on sandy borders of coastal salt marshes or in dunes from June to July.

  • Children Zebrafish
    Oct. 28, 2011

    The Creator gave the zebrafish the ability to regenerate its skin, fins, heart, and even its brain in larval stages.

  • Children Yellow Tang
    Oct. 21, 2011

    The yellow tang is designed with sharp spines near its tail to help protect itself against predators.

  • Children Yellow Perch
    Oct. 14, 2011

    Yellow perch are poor swimmers. As a result, these creatures swim in schools.

  • Children Trumpetfish
    Sept. 23, 2011

    The trumpetfish is a sneaky predator.

  • Children Spotted Garden Eel
    Sept. 16, 2011

    Tightening its muscular body to make itself rigid, the spotted garden eel drives its pointy tail deep into the sandy sea floor.

  • Children White Sturgeon
    Sept. 1, 2011

    By instinct, the white sturgeon spawns in swift-moving water.

  • Children Smooth Trunkfish
    July 5, 2011

    The smooth trunkfish “blows” jets of water at the seafloor to uncover organisms that are hidden.

  • Children Scrawled Filefish
    June 24, 2011

    The scrawled filefish can stand its primary dorsal fin erect to lodge itself into a crack or crevice of a reef.

  • Children Remora
    June 10, 2011

    The remora does not have a swim bladder.

  • Children Reef Stonefish
    June 2, 2011

    This creature’s amazing camouflage and attack structures point to its intelligent Creator.

  • Children Red-Bellied Piranha
    May 26, 2011

    The piranha hunts in packs of 20-30.

  • Children Purple Firefish
    April 7, 2011

    The firefish’s elongated dorsal fin is used to communicate with other firefish.

  • Children Parrotfish
    March 28, 2011

    The teeth of the parrotfish are uniquely designed to scrape algae from coral and rocks.

  • Children Moray Eel
    March 24, 2011

    The shape of the moray eel allows it to hunt prey that is larger than it can swallow.

  • Children Moorish Idol
    Feb. 24, 2011

    The bars of color on the body of the Moorish idol break up the body outline and make it harder for predators to tell where the fish begins and ends.

  • Children Mandarinfish
    Feb. 10, 2011

    The mandarinfish produces a thick mucous that covers its body. Scientists believe that this secretion could ward off potential predators.

  • Children Orange Clownfish
    Feb. 8, 2011

    The relationship that the clownfish has with a sea anemone is truly a wonderful design feature.

  • Children Longnose Hawkfish
    Jan. 6, 2011

    The longnose hawkfish often makes its home among flame corals, which have stinging cells called nematocysts.

  • Children Lookdown
    Dec. 23, 2010

    The juvenile lookdown sports long filaments from its dorsal fin, which help it blend in with grasses.

  • Children Longhorn Cowfish
    Dec. 16, 2010

    When foraging, the longhorn cowfish often blows jets of water out of its mouth at the sand surface to uncover buried prey.

  • Children Humphead Wrasse
    Dec. 2, 2010

    The humphead wrasse has large, plump lips that make this fish the perfect creature to control the growth of toxic and spiny reef creatures.

  • Children Guppy
    Nov. 23, 2010

    The colors of different populations of guppies vary greatly depending on the number of predators.

  • Children French Angelfish
    Oct. 14, 2010

    A young French angelfish has a unique “job” to perform in the ocean.

  • Children Blacktip Reef Shark
    Sept. 9, 2010

    The blacktip reef shark is one of the only sharks that can jump fully out of the water.

  • Children Discus Fish
    July 29, 2010

    As with other cichlids, both discus fish parents care for the young.

  • Children Copper Rockfish
    July 9, 2010

    Unlike the salmon, which dies soon after spawning, the copper rockfish can live to reproduce year after year.

  • Children Cleaner Fish
    April 15, 2010

    This fish is called a cleaner fish because it attracts larger fish to its cleaning station where the larger fish are cleaned.

  • Children Catfish
    March 31, 2010

    The catfish can also secrete mucus that keeps it from drying out if it finds itself in an evaporating body of water.

  • Children Barracuda
    March 4, 2010

    Originally, this creature did not eat meat; it ate plants since all animals were created vegetarians.

  • Children Australian Lungfish
    Nov. 17, 2009

    With the Australian lungfish being limited to the waters of Queensland, Australia, how did remains of this creature get in Northern Ireland?

  • Children Unicornfish
    Aug. 25, 2011

    The mouth of this fish (like other surgeonfishes) is perfectly designed to carefully remove the algae from coral while leaving the coral intact.


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