Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

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The oceans off Australia—the world's largest island—are home to thousands of marine fish species.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

2. Biscuit Starfish
This bright orange sea star can be found in waters near Sydney, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

3. Jellyfish
During jellyfish season, snorkelers diving near Australia's Great Barrier Reef are advised to wear brightly colored, protective "stinger suits."
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

4. Clown Anemonefish
Made popular by the acclaimed animated film Finding Nemo, this species of fish typically lives in shallow waters in the Indian Ocean, Red Sea and western Pacific Ocean.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

5. Onespot Foxface Rabbitfish
This fish with a funny name is a popular addition to at-home saltwater aquariums.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

6. Seahorse
These delicate sea creatures are not like most fish. Seahorse couples mate for life, and the males carry the unborn young.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

7. Stingray
This stingray may seem to have a smile on its face—but don't be fooled! These shallow-water carnivores produce a venom that can be fatal to humans.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

8. Moorish Idol
It's said that these distinctive swimmers got their name from the Moors of Africa, who believed these fish were bringers of happiness.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

9. Shark
At the Sydney Aquarium, visitors can stop by Shark HQ to see the hatchery, one of the world's largest collections of these ocean predators and never-before-seen Great White Shark and Bull Shark tracking.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

10. Sea Turtle
Six of the seven sea turtle species in the world are found on the Great Barrier Reef.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

11. Lionfish
Also known as a Turkeyfish or Firefish, this beautiful sea creature packs a punch. Its potent venom can cause divers to experience intense pain.
Sea life at the Sydney Aquarium

Photo: Stephanie Snipes

12. Giant Stingray
Don't look up! Walk through the aquarium's viewing tunnels to get up-close with some of Mother Nature's wonders.

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