Between Hall B and the Courtyard
Typical time required:
15 - 30 minutes
Seen from space, our planet’s surface is mostly blue. This is because about 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by the ocean which appears blue. With an average depth of about 4000 metres, the ocean is home to thousands of different marine animals.
The Marine Alcove introduces visitors to our ocean, focusing on interesting facts about its physical environment and the creatures living there. You can listen to an underwater symphony of sounds created by the movement of fishes in a tank. You will be able to see close-ups of corals and aquatic creatures and control an underwater camera inside a tank. The Marine Alcove also features some interesting marine life – some very familiar and others rarely seen.
Regarded as one of the most poisonous fish in the world, the stonefish got its name from its ability to camouflage itself to resemble a stone.
It has thirteen sharp dorsal spines on its back, which each have extremely toxic venom. The venom can kill a human in two to three hours if left untreated. Try and spot the stonefishes among the rocks!
The Moray eel is a long fish people sometimes mistake as a snake. Its eyes are rather small and it has poor vision and hearing. Therefore, moray eels rely heavily on their highly developed sense of smell to locate prey. Their usual hunting method involves hiding in holes and pouncing on passing fish.
The dorsal fin of a moray eel extends from just behind its head, running along the back all the way to the caudal fin (the tail fin). Moray eels do not have a great amount of lateral stability so it is not uncommon to see moray eels lying or drifting on their sides or even upside down. See it for yourself at the Marine Alcove.
The Marine Alcove was developed with the assistance of the Tropical Marine Science Institute.