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Australia. Sydney Aquarium

Anich • 8 minutes read • March 29th, 2017
I really love fish and other sea and ocean inhabitants.
Therefore, we visit aquariums during almost every trip.
This time I'll show you Sydney Aquarium. This is a nice cozy place with many inhabitants of the underwater depths.

The aquarium is located on the eastern side of Darling Harbour, north of the Pyrmont Bridge.
You can admire a view of the western part of the harbor here.

This is the aquarium itself. It is located next to the small zoo called Wild Life Sydney and Madame Tussauds Museum.
You can buy a ticket, which gives you an opportunity to visit all three locations at a reasonable price. Of course, we visited all of them)
Pay attention to the Hop On Hop Off boat. this is an analogue of a tourist bus with the same name, only for sea tours :)

The aquarium itself is quite large, it took us two hours to visit it.
I'm not going to tire you with lots of photos, I'll show you the most interesting of them :) Let's go!

This is either an anemone, or a mollusk. It's something moving, because it climbed with its foot on the wall of the aquarium.

Such a lovely sea horses.
I found out one curious fact about them: they are very bony, so only a large land crab hunt for them. It can digest the sea horses.

This is the leafy seadragon.
I saw it being in a more "overgrown" condition in many aquariums. It's very impressive.
By the way, unlike ordinary sea horses, these guys do not know how to cling their tails to the seaweed during the sea storms, so many leafy seadragons die during the storm :(

Here's the platypus!
Well, it's hard to imagine Australia without the platypus! :)
This water fowl mammal from the order Monotremata is an Australian endemic. It's the only mammal that has the developed electroreceptive capabilities. It's poisonous.

One of the halls of the aquarium has a board with stickers, where everyone can write his message to the world and other visitors.
I think it's very nice :)

Let's return to fish.


Little penguins is the smallest species of all the existing penguins now.
Their area is the coast of South Australia and New Zealand, as well as the nearby islands.

If I'm not mistaken, this adorable creature belongs to my favorite family of boxfish  :)

Here's a representative of the family of lobsters.

This is a filter shrimp.

Moorish idol. This was a sacred fish for the Muslim fishermen. If it accidentally got in the net, the fisherman let it go with a bow.
It is believed that these fish bring happiness. It's also known as Gill from the "Finding Nemo".

Portrait of a fish of the triggerfish family from the blowfishes order.
It's interesting to know that this charming little fish is toothy.
Teeth are adapted to gnaw and crack the shells of sea urchins, shells of mollusks, etc.
Protecting the laid eggs, the triggerfish can behave aggressively and cause quite tangible bites to divers.
Be aware of the triggerfish at depth! :)


Well, I should stop and tell you more about these wonderful sea mammals.
When I went to this aquarium, I knew that I would see the sea cow, but I did not understand much about them at that moment. I thought they were all the same all over the world.
And only this year, when I went to swim with manatees in the US, I found out that the dugong and manatee are from the same family of sirens, manatees and dugongs are completely different species.

The dugong is a water mammal, the only one representative of the Dugong family now.
Their body has a length of 2.5-4 meters, the largest dugong among the fixed ones is 5.8 meters long.
They differ from the manatees by a color (they are lighter), by a snout (they are more smiling :)), and by the tail: two blades are separated by a deep notch, it resembles the tail of a whale (the manatees has the tail with the shape of an oar).
Dugongs are widespread only in the tropical belt of the Indian Ocean and in the southern Pacific Ocean: from the Red Sea along the eastern coast of Africa, in the Persian Gulf, along the northeastern coast of India, near the Malay Peninsula, Northern Australia and New Guinea, as well as near several Pacific islands. The greatest concentration of these handsome creatures is concentrated in the Great Barrier Reef and the Torres Strait.
People eat the dugongs - they say, it tastes like veal.
Now it's forbidden to catch the dugongs with the net, and they are harpooned from boats. This is permitted as a traditional fishery of the indigenous peoples.
Dugong is listed in the Red Book of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature with the status of "vulnerable species".

This is a dinner of the sea cow.
The basis of their diet consists of aquatic plants from the families of Potamogetonaceae and Hydrocharitáceae, as well as of seaweed. Small crabs were also found in their stomachs.
When eating, they spend 98% of the time under water, where they "graze" for 1-3, maximum 10-15 minutes, then they get to the surface to breath. They often "walk" on the bottom on the front fins. They pick the vegetation with a muscley upper lip. Before eating a plant, the dugong usually rinses it in water, shaking its head from side to side. The dugong consumes up to 40 kg of vegetation per day.

Every self-respecting aquarium should have a tunnel like this.

Here's a charming Gray Reef shark. They live in the Indo-Pacific region at a depth of 1000 m.
The maximum recorded length of the shark is 255 cm, usually they do not exceed 1.9 meters.
I would not like to meet it in open water :)

Sphaeramia nemanoptera and the bright yellow longnose butterflyfish.

This is an installation of the Great Barrier Reef.
I hope to visit it one day :)

Here are inhabitants of the Reef.

This is recreated underwater nature of the Great Barrier Reef.

We stopped for a long time at this huge aquarium.

This aquarium is particularly popular among the visitors with kids.
If this aquarium is large for adults, it's just gigantic for kids!

See you soon! :)

This was our walk in Sydney Aquarium.
It's a very nice place to visit, if you also like fish as much as I do :)
Author: Anich
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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