Sea Turtle

Turtle Bite

A sea turtle bites another in the tank at uShaka Marine World....
Gracile Lizard Fish

Gracile Lizard Fish

The gracile lizard fish (Saurida gracilis) or gracile saury, as it is sometimes called, is a common fish on the East African coast, usually perched atop reefs with an intimidating smile of protruding teeth....
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Mandarin Goby

The mandarin goby (Synchiropus splendidus) as it is very often called or mandarin fish, green mandarin, striped mandarin fish, striped dragonet and green dragonet is not a goby, rather it is a dragonette, b...
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Going Where the Wind Blows

The velella, a mysterious creature known as a hydrozoan, which inhabit the surface of the oceans (unlike jellyfish which live underwater). Equipped with stinging tentacles for catching food and a semi-circu...
Mantis Shrimp

The Eyes of a Mantis Shrimp

The eyes of a mantis shrimp have a mid band area which can be clearly seen as a stripe across the middle of the eye, and as the eye twists and moves around, the angle of the midband area changes. Black dots can...
Octopus

Common Octopus

Here are several interesting facts about the common octopus (octopus vulgaris): GENERAL INFO The octopus vulgaris is a mollusc with eight tentacles and a beak shaped mouth. Their tentacles can grow...
Daga Salmon

The Daga Salmon

The daga salmon (Argyrosomus japonicus) or kob, dusky kob, kabeljou or mulloway jewfish is highly sought after by anglers and spear fishermen as well as commercial fishermen. They are a favorite to catch in...
Crowned Jellyfish

An Undocumented Encounter

Four small and silver fish, some transparent, some not, believed to be banded driftfish (Psenes arafurensis), are quite at home inside the void space of a crowned jellyfish's bell. These fish have never bef...
Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish

Parrot fish are named for their teeth which are fused into a parrot like beak, allowing them to scrape algae off of coral and even to eat coral. The green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) includ...
Caerulean Damsel Fish

Caerulean Damsel Fish

The electric blue and yellow caerulean damsel fish (Pomacentrus caeruleus) is found in the Western Indian Ocean from East Africa to the Maldives and inhabits reefs and lagoons in shallow to moderate depths ...
Powder Blue Surgeon

Powder Blue Surgeon

The powder blue surgeon (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the powder blue tang and has an oval shaped body that is compressed laterally. As with the other surgeon fish it has a blade on the base of the...
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The Skunk Clownfish – Facts and Photo’s

The skunk clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) or nose striped anemone fish is a common inhabitant on Tanzanian reefs. Skunk clownfish get their name from the long white stripe that runs the length of their b...
Bird Wrasse

Bird Wrasse

The bird wrasse (Ghomphosus varius) also known as the bird fish, club nosed fish and several other similar names is a common sight on the Tanzanian reefs, named for its bird like snout, the bird wrasse has ...
Bubble coral

Bubble Coral- Facts and Photographs

Bubble coral (Plerogyra sinuosa) also known as grape coral, pearl coral or bladder coral, is as unusual as corals get. The bubble coral in the main image was spotted in Chole Bay in the Mafia Island Marine Park...
Court Jester Goby

Court Jester Goby

A strikingly colorful, court jester goby (Amblygobius rainfordi), also known as rainfords goby, and old glory. This peaceful and lovely fish is native to the Coral Sea, and highly sought after for aquariums...
Sea Slug

Sea Slug

A beautifully colored purple sea slug (Phyllidiella pustulosa), also known as warty sea slug or dorid nudibranch, slowly makes its way over the reef in Paje, Zanzibar, in its quest for food....
Dusky Wrasse

The Dusky Wrasse

The Dusky Wrasse (Halichoeres Marginatus) also known as the Splendid Rainbow Wrasse, Rainbow Wrasse or Two Eyed Wrasse is not a commonly seen wrasse on the reefs of Tanzania and is a reclusive fish and quite ha...
Moorish Idol

Moorish Idols

The Moorish idol with its classic shape and long pointed nose was brought into public prominence by the Pixar film, Finding Nemo. Today they adorn beach towels, shower curtains, clothing and even wall paper...
Peppered Butterfly Fish

Butterflyfish

The butterflyfish are species of marine fish of the family, Chaetodontidae, found in tropical and subtropical waters, typically around coral reefs although some inhabit rocky reefs. A few species inhabit slight...
Lined Wrasse

Wrasses

Wrasses are in the family, Labridae, of marine fish, many of which are brightly colored. The family is very large and quite diverse with more than 600 species divided into nine sub groups which vary tremendousl...
Cleaner Wrasse

The Cleaner Wrasse

The Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) also known as the Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse is a common feature on reefs along the East African coast. They are found singly or more commonly in pairs and on some ...
Melon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Trifaciatus)

Melon Butterflyfish-Facts and Photographs

  The Melon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Trifaciatus) is a common fish on the Tanzanian reefs, being the one of the most commonly seen butterflyfish. They are invariably seen in pairs, forming monogamou...
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Emperor Angelfish

The The emperor angelfish Pomacanthus imperator also known as the imperator. It certainly lives up to its name and is a stunning fish and the sight of one cruising the reef is likely to stay in ones memory ...
Spotted / Peppered Butterflyfish

Peppered Butterflyfish

The peppered butterflyfish, Chaetodon guttatissimus also known as the spotted butterflyfish, pebbled butterflyfish and as the gorgeous gussy, is a fairly common butterfly fish on the reefs in Tanzania. They are...
Pink Linckia Laevigita Starfish

Starfish

Starfish also known as Sea Stars are Echinoderms of the class Astoroidea and usually have five arms although some species have up to forty. Scientifically they should be called Sea Stars as they are not fish bu...
Sea Goldies

Sea Goldies

Sea Goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) are also known as the Wreckfish, Lyretail Coralfish, Lyretail Anthias Basslets, Sea Bass, Orange Basslet, Orange Sea Perch, Red Coral Perch, Jewel Fairy Basslet,and S...
Game Fish

Talang Queenfish

Photo of a beautiful Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus) at uShaka Marine World. An elongated, streamlined, predatory fish of the Indian and west Pacific Oceans, the Talang queenfish may be rec...