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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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      Butterflyfish
      July 31, 2007, p. 21

      The butterflyfish is a laterally thin fish.

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      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.

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      Clown Triggerfish
      Dec. 15, 2008, p. 27

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

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      Long Spine Porcupine Fish
      Sept. 17, 2007, p. 45

      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.

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      Sea Dragon
      Sept. 3, 2007, p. 69

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

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      Seahorse
      Sept. 22, 2008, p. 71

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

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      Bonnethead Shark
      March 3, 2008, p. 93

      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.

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      Whale Shark
      Dec. 1, 2007, p. 107

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

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      Chambered Nautilus
      July 31, 2007, p. 117

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

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      Cleaner Shrimp
      Sept. 1, 2007, p. 121

      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.

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      Cuttlefish
      Oct. 6, 2008, p. 133

      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.

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      Feather Duster
      July 21, 2007, p. 135

      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.

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      Ghost Crab
      Oct. 20, 2008, p. 137

      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.

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      Giant Octopus
      Nov. 17, 2008, p. 141

      The giant octopus is one of the largest invertebrates.

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      Horseshoe Crab
      Aug. 4, 2008, p. 145

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

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      Sea Slug
      April 14, 2008, p. 159

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

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      Sea Star
      Aug. 18, 2008, p. 161

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

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      Squid
      May 26, 2008, p. 167

      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.

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      Arctic Tern
      July 7, 2008, p. 175

      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.

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      Atlantic Puffin
      May 12, 2008, p. 177

      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.

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      Emperor Penguin
      April 28, 2008, p. 183

      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.

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      Flamingo
      Nov. 3, 2008, p. 185

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

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      Great White Pelican
      March 17, 2008, p. 189

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

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      Beluga Whale
      March 31, 2007, p. 195

      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.

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      Bottlenose Dolphin
      Aug. 20, 2007, p. 197

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

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      Harbor Seal
      June 9, 2008, p. 201

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

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      Killer Whale
      June 23, 2008, p. 203

      Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family.

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      Manatee
      Aug. 6, 2007, p. 205

      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.

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      Sea Otter
      Feb. 18, 2008, p. 207

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

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      Loggerhead Sea Turtle
      July 31, 2007, p. 217

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

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      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.

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      Oyster
      July 26, 2012

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

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      Common Murre
      March 9, 2012

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

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      White Sturgeon
      Sept. 1, 2011

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

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      Box Jellyfish
      Jan. 27, 2012

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

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      Discus Fish
      July 29, 2010

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

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      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.

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      Sea Snake
      Sept. 7, 2012

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

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      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.

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      Moray Eel
      March 24, 2011

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

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      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.

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      Scallop
      May 17, 2012

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

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      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.

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      Chiton
      Feb. 23, 2012

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

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      Coral
      May 24, 2012

      Scientists have discovered that coral has layers.

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      Nurse Shark
      Aug. 2, 2012

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

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      Crayfish
      May 11, 2012

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

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      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.

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      Lookdown
      Dec. 23, 2010

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

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      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.

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      Diamondback Terrapin
      Dec. 23, 2011

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

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      Copper Rockfish
      July 9, 2010

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

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      Blue Shark
      Jan. 5, 2012

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

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      Reef Stonefish
      June 2, 2011

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

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      Spanish Dancer
      April 5, 2012

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

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      Roseate Spoonbill
      Sept. 28, 2012

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

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      Sea Cucumber
      May 31, 2012

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

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      Remora
      June 10, 2011

      The remora does not have a swim bladder.

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      Albatross
      April 12, 2012

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

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      Zebrafish
      Oct. 28, 2011

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

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      Smooth Trunkfish
      July 5, 2011

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

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      Great Hammerhead Shark
      Jan. 12, 2012

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

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      Hermit Crab
      March 23, 2012

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

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      French Angelfish
      Oct. 14, 2010

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

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      Yellow Perch
      Oct. 14, 2011

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

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      Trumpetfish
      Sept. 23, 2011

      The trumpetfish is a sneaky predator.

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      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.

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      Sea Anemone
      June 23, 2012

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

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      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.

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      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.

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      Blacktip Reef Shark
      Sept. 9, 2010

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

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      American Lobster
      Feb. 3, 2012

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

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      Whitetip Reef Shark
      Sept. 14, 2012

      The whitetip reef shark is a nocturnal creature.

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      Zebra Shark
      Oct. 12, 2012

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

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      Sponge
      June 6, 2012

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

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      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?

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      Alligator Snapping Turtle
      Aug. 31, 2012

      The alligator snapping turtle has a fascinating hunting technique.

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      Giant Clam
      Feb. 16, 2012

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

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      Anhinga
      June 27, 2012

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

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      Orange Clownfish
      Feb. 8, 2011

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

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      Mandarinfish
      Feb. 10, 2011

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

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      Yellow Tang
      Oct. 21, 2011

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

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      Mandarin Duck
      April 26, 2012

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

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      Queen Conch
      March 29, 2012

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

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      Guppy
      Nov. 23, 2010

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

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      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.

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      Red-Bellied Piranha
      May 26, 2011

      The piranha hunts in packs of 20-30.

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      Parrotfish
      March 28, 2011

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

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      Barracuda
      March 4, 2010

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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      Purple Firefish
      April 7, 2011

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

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      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.

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      Common Mussel
      July 19, 2012

      Common mussels live in large colonies.

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      Tiger Shark
      Aug. 24, 2012

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

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      Longnose Hawkfish
      Jan. 6, 2011

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

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      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.

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      Manta Ray
      Feb. 9, 2012

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

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      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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