Tessalata Moray Eel
Diet: Squid and Capelin
Spot was orphaned and transferred to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2007 when his previous owner was unable to care for him due to the fact that his species can reach lengths up to six feet rapidly. Spot outgrew his enclosure and required a much larger home. We are very grateful that Spot was brought to us rather than being released into the wild where he could have become an invasive species. We are happy to have him as a permanent resident here at CMA.
Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Scarlet was introduced to Spot in November 2012, in our efforts to provide a healthy natural environment for Spot. In the wild Moray Eels have a symbiotic relationship with cleaner shrimp to provide a natural service to each other by providing personal hygiene to the eel and food and protection to the shrimp.
Tomato Clown Fish
Our Education Station is home to two tomato clown fish, one male and one female. Did you know that the female clown fish are larger than the males? Also, clown fish are some of the only types of fish who coexist with anemones!
Striped burrfish are members of the pufferfish family. These fish can grow up to 10 inches in length. They have beak-like jaws that they use to eat their hard prey like shellfish, barnacles and crabs. Burrfish pump water into their bodies to expand their skin and push out their sharp spines. They have large, colored eyes that help them see even in murky water. Come check out these beautiful fish in our Education Station and at Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure take par in our Feed a Puffer Fish Program!
Blue crabs are known as” the beautiful swimmer”. They can grow up to 10 inches in length and 20 inches in width. Blue crab feed on mollusks (animals with shells) like oysters and clams, as well as plant material. They also have paddle-shaped back legs to help them swim!
Known as the ultimate hide and seek champions! Lined seahorses live in one place for their whole lives. They feed upon microplankton (plankton you could only see with a microscope). Male seahorses are the ones who carry the eggs! Lined seahorses are listed as a vulnerable species, which means they (and their habitat) need our protection!