Humphead Wrasse at SEA LIFE

Our Humphead Wrasse, also known as the Napoleon Wrasse, officially arrives at SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium on December 16th!

Mighty & majestic, meet Moko!

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium welcomes a HUGE new addition, our beautiful and bold humphead wrasse, Moko! One of the largest species of coral reef fish in the world, these endangered creatures can grow to be over 6 feet in length—that’s taller than the average human! They are one of the few fish that feed on natural threats to coral, such as the toxic crown-of-thorns sea star in the wild. Native to Indo-Pacific waters, the humphead wrasse can be found floating along reef structures near the Great Barrier Reef and sporadically along island chains. The humphead wrasse’s spectacular blue-green patterns and enormous size make Moko a one-of-a-kind addition to SEA LIFE Kansas City!

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium will officially welcome the new wrasse on the morning of December 16th at 8:00am in his new home of the Bay of Rays. Guests will find him floating alongside our large Queensland grouper, southern stingrays and giant moray eel. Visit the wrasse and ask SEA LIFE staff members about impactful ways to support sustainability that helps protect endangered species like Moko.

Mighty and majestic, the humphead wrasse is an ever important ambassador here at SEA LIFE for the cause of sustainable fishing. Wrasses are extremely threatened in their natural habitats, frequently caught for their high food value in fish markets worldwide. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) currently lists the humphead wrasse as Endangered on its Red List, and SEA LIFE Kansas City hopes to spread the message of protecting this spectacular sea creature among others also threatened by overfishing.

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