Our Amazing Creatures
Which sea creatures do you love the most? Magnificent Sharks, colourful Clownfish or perhaps inquisitive Sea Turtles? Maybe you simply can’t decide!
Here at SEA LIFE you can make up your mind and see them all - from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before.
Many of our creatures are on the endangered list, have been rescued and cannot be released into the wild or have been born and bred as part of our conservation projects.Book Now
Giant Spider Crab
The biggest crab you have ever seen! The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 5.5 metres. This spicies can live more than 100 years. Spider crabs benefit a marine ecosystem by eating dead animal and plant material. Spider crabs have poor eyesight. They use little sensing organs on their legs, similar to taste buds, to help them find food.
Octopus is a mollusc which means they are from the same family as Slugs and Snails as well as Cuttlefish and Squid. They are well known for being very clever. In fact they are one of the most intelligent invertebrate species (that means animals with no backbone).
The orange coloring of juvenile batfish, for instance, makes them look like dry leaf in the current.
The narrow shape of the Razorfish allows them to swim between the spines without risk of injury.
Did you know that Clownfish live in the venomous tentacles of Sea Anemones? They are one of the only ocean creatures that can do this as they are protected by a layer of slimy mucus on their skin! Clownfish like to live in Sea Anemones so that they are protected from predators and can nibble on leftover food the Sea Anemone catches.
Spiny Lobsters don't have the large front pincers that True Lobsters have. In the wild they have been known to form enormous travelling queues of Lobsters when covering long distances, like conga lines!
Lionfish are covered in venomous spines and therefore have few predators! They are one of the most venomous fish in the sea!
When chased by a predator Triggerfish will hide in a rock crevice and flick out a special spine on their back in order to lock themselves into position. This is how they got their name!
You'll have to look carefully to spot this guy! Leafy Scorpionfish are ambush predators who blend in with their surroundings and pounce on unsuspecting fish and crustaceans.
These fish can famously suck water in to massively inflate the size of their body to scare off predators. It isn't very good for them as it squashes their internal organs so you should never try to scare a Pufferfish if you see one in the wild.
You'll spot these guys in our Breed Rescue Protect area. Moray Eels have a second set of jaws down their throat to help pull their food down their long body!
Big Belly Seahorse
One of the biggest seahorse species that got its name from its large stomach. Unlike most seahorse species, this species is a strong swimmer.
A strange looking fish that camouflages itself with seagrass. A tube-like mouth is designed for sucking-up small shrimps.
Poison Dart Frog
These beautiful little creatures, native to Central and South America, are like brightly coloured jewels bouncing amongst the foliage.
Short Clawed Otter
Short Clawed Otters are funny and quick on both land and water. They look after their pups until they reach adulthood. Otters mainly feed on fish and aquatic animals
Starfish are found in every ocean in the world! There are over 2000 known species, each one is full of surprises!
We are quite defenseless, we use our shells as a shield against predators.
Sand Tiger Shark
Sand Tiger Sharks look ferocious with a mouth full of pointy teeth, but our divers regularly jump in with them because they aren't dangerous to humans.
To spot a Nurse Shark, look for the shark with the funny moustache! These dangley bits on their top lip are actually useful things called barbels.
Black Tip Reef Sharks
Found on the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Blacktip Reef Sharks prefer shallow, inshore waters.
Stingrays get their name from the stinging barb at the base of their tail. When they feel threatened Stingrays can whip up their tail to puncture their pursuer with their spiny, venomous barb.
A majestic Eagle Ray swims like a flying bird. This peaceful fish protects itself with a venomous spine at the base of its tail.
Shovel Nose Ray
A cartilage species in the ray family which spends most of its time on the ocean floor, using the bottom part of its mouth to catch crustaceans.
This wonderfully bizarre animal is called a Bowmouth Guitarfish. Though it is classified as a Ray, really it is half Ray and half Shark! Rays evolved from Sharks but this species stopped somewhere in-between.
Gentoos are the third largest species of Penguin in the world after the Emperor and Kings.
We can't fly but are great swimmers, fast enough to catch delicious fish easily. We live in temperate area of South Africa.
The Fishhook Ant is a rare species of ant that usually lives in dry trees. It has a distinctive feature with 2 pairs of hooks emerging from its back that are used to catch and cut prey.
Green Crested Lizard
The Green Crested Lizard has a green, long, flat body. Males have a crest to attract females.