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African Cichlid

Cichlids are one of the largest families of fish, with over 1600 described species.  New species are discovered annually and scientists estimate there may be as many as 3000 species.

Location: Hippo Haven

African Penguin

They're cute. They walk funny. They're flightless. But these little guys sure can swim. They're African penguins and you can find them at Penguin Island!

Location: Penguin Island

American Lobster

Around one in one million lobsters is blue like the one found at Adventure Aquarium. A genetic defect causes these lobsters to produce an excessive amount of protein, which combines with another molecule to give them a blue color.

Location: KidZone

Argentine Horned Frog

The Argentine horned frog rarely moves. They hide on the forest floor, partially covered with leaves, waiting for a potential meal to scurry by. Horned frogs have a voracious appetite and will eat anything that can fit into its mouth, including snakes, mice, birds and other frogs.

Location: KidZone

Atlantic Menhaden

The Atlantic menhaden is a species of fish related to the herring. It is silver in color with a black spot on its shoulder behind the gill openings. Menhaden will swarm together and form compact groups known as "schools", which are usually large in size and made up of both juveniles and mature adults.

Location: Shark Realm

Axolotl

Perhaps one of KidZone's quirkiest inhabitants, axolotls are a must-see for visitors to Zone C. Axolotls live exclusively in small lake complex near Mexico City.

Location: KidZone

Bamboo Shark

Get up close with white spotted bamboo and brown banded bamboo sharks in our Touch A Shark Exhibit, presented by Humana.

Location: Touch A Shark

Blacktip Shark

The blacktip shark gets its name from its distinctive black markings on the tips of its fins. Although it is found worldwide, it is one of the most common sharks found inshore off the coast of Florida.

Location: Shark Realm

Blue Hippo Tang

The blue hippo tang is a species of surgeonfish that has many different common names, including the royal blue tang, regal tang and palette surgeonfish.

Location: KidZone

Bonnethead Shark

The bonnethead shark is one of the most abundant sharks in south Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. It can typically be found in shallow bays and mangrove communities.

Location: Ocean Realm

Cape Porcupine

Cape porcupines, like the ones you can find on exhibit in our Hippo Haven exhibit, are the largest rodents in southern Africa and one of the biggest porcupines on Earth.

Location: Hippo Haven

Chocolate Chip Sea Star

The large black bumps that resemble chocolate chips to us, make the sea star look less appetizing to potential predators.

Location: KidZone

Cold Water Invertebrates

See and touch a variety of cold water invertebrates, because there’s no better way to gain an appreciation for marine life than by connecting with nature by getting hands-on!

Location: Creature Feature

Common Clownfish

Clownfish are famous for their symbiotic relationship with anemones. Anemones, related to jellyfish, have the ability to sting animals that touch their tentacles. However, clownfish have protective slime that covers their bodies so that the anemones do not sting them.

Location: KidZone

Common Snake-necked Turtle

Meet the common snake-necked turtle, also known as the Australian snake-necked turtle.

Location: Rivers of the World

Eels

In certain exhibits throughout Adventure Aquarium you'll spot them swimming and slithering through the water. They are unusual, rare and exotic - they're Adventure Aquarium's eel species!

Location: Caribbean Currents

French Angelfish

French angelfish are often confused with their close relative, the gray angelfish. French angelfish have black scales edged with bright yellow while gray angelfish lack the yellow trim.

Location: Caribbean Currents

Giant Pacific Octopus

Head to Zone D to see one of the coolest and exotic of the deep ocean creatures: The giant Pacific octopus.

Location: Zone D

Great Hammerhead Shark

Adventure Aquarium has the distinction of being the only aquarium in the United States with a great hammerhead shark on exhibit. Although there are nine different species of hammerhead shark in the world, the great hammerhead is the biggest.

Location: Ocean Realm

Green Sea Turtle

Head to Adventure Aquarium’s 760,000 gallon Ocean Realm Exhibit to see some of our most popular animals: Green Sea Turtles!

Location: Ocean Realm

Horseshoe Crab

Learn all about and gain a better appreciation for horseshoe crabs - those familiar beach dwellers with a hard shelled body with two large eyes.

Location: KidZone

Laughing Kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra is the largest of the kingfishers, but unlike its relatives, it prefers a diet of rodents, reptiles and insects over fish.

Location: Little Blue Beach

Lined Seahorse

One of the most fascinating and delicate creatures in the animal kingdom, Seahorses are fish, though they are also closely related to pipefish and sea dragons.

Location: Caribbean Currents

Little Blue Penguin

Little blue penguins are the smallest species of penguin in the world, growing an average of 13 inches in height and weighing in at just 3 pounds on average.

Location: Little Blue Beach

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Ocean Realm is home to loggerhead sea turtles, including everyone’s favorite: Bob, a female loggerhead that can often be seen greeting guests in front of the viewing window.

Location: Ocean Realm

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling

Meet our newest rehab and release animal: a sea turtle hatchling rescued off the coast of North Carolina.

Location: Sea Turtle Cove

Mata Mata Turtle

Visit KidZone (Zone C) to meet the quirky mata mata turtle, a freshwater species found in South America, primarily in the Amazon and Orinoco basins.

Location: KidZone

Mexican Horn Shark

The Mexican horn shark is a species of bullhead shark that can typically be found along the eastern Pacific coast from Mexico to Colombia.

Location: Touch A Shark

Milk Frog

Visit Frog Alley in KidZone, Zone C to come face to face with a variety of interesting amphibian species, including Amazon milk frogs. The name "milk frog" comes from the poisonous white secretion this frog produces when threatened.

Location: KidZone

Moon Jellies

Moon jellies are translucent, umbrella shaped marine species recognized by their four horseshoe-shaped reproductive organs easily seen through the tops of their clear bells.

Location: Zone D

Nile Hippopotamus

Head to Adventure Aquarium's Hippo Haven to meet and witness Button and Genny, two massive Nile hippos (3,000 lbs each).

Location: Hippo Haven

Northern Diamondback Terrapin

Everyone loves turtles! You will fall in love with Adventure Aquarium's diamondback terrapin exhibit, only in Rivers of the World.

Location: Rivers of the World

Nurse Shark

The nurse shark is a common inshore bottom-dwelling shark, found in tropical and subtropical waters, and its typical habitats are reefs, channels between mangrove islands and sand flats.

Location: Shark Realm

Pacific Sea Nettle

This beautiful species have a distinctive gold-brown bell with reddish tentacles.

Location: Zone D

Poison Dart Frog

Poison dart frogs are an excellent example of warning colorations. Dart frogs are very toxic and will most likely kill anything that tries to eat it.

Location: KidZone

Red-bellied Piranha

Piranha are known for their razor-sharp teeth and relentless bite. In fact, the word piranha translates to “tooth fish” in the Brazilian language Tupí. With its sharp teeth and pack-hunting behavior, the piranha is imagined by many to be a ferocious predator, especially in Hollywood movies.

Location: Piranha Falls

Sand Tiger Shark

The sand tiger shark is a large, slow-moving shark notable for its jagged teeth and menacing appearance. This shark looks fierce as it slowly swims with its mouth open and needle-like teeth exposed.

Location: Shark Realm

Sandbar Shark

The sandbar shark, also known as the brown shark, is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world. It is the most common shark species swimming along the mid-Atlantic coast. Its most distinguishing characteristic is a taller than average first dorsal fin.

Location: Shark Realm

Scalloped Hammerhead

Head over to Ocean Realm to learn more about the scalloped hammerheads, the rare new recently added to our collection.

Location: Ocean Realm

Silky Shark

The silky shark is named for the smooth texture of its skin, which is made up of densely packed scales called dermal denticles. It is one of the most abundant sharks and can be found in tropical waters around the world.

Location: Ocean Realm

Stingrays

Adventure Aquarium is proud to offer our guests a variety of stingray species as well as a variety of ways to experience these fascinating, curious creatures.

Location: Stingray Beach Club

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

Frog Alley in KidZone (Zone C) is also home to the texturized and fascinating Vietnamese mossy frog! The mossy frog's red, green and black coloration along with uneven, bumpy texture enables it to blend in among mosses and lichens within its habitat.

Location: KidZone

Warm Water Invertebrates

KidZone is home to a touch tank known as Gill's Grotto. Gill's Grotto contains some of the slimiest, coolest warm-water inhabitants around!

Location: KidZone

Waxy Monkey Frog

Visit Frog Alley in KidZone to meet the fascinating waxy monkey frog. The name "waxy" comes from the texture of their skin and "monkey" because they walk instead of hop.

Location: KidZone

Zebra Shark

The zebra shark is a large, bottom-oriented shark living in Pacific coral reefs. Like most other large bottom sharks, the zebra shark will rest during the day and hunt at night.

Location: Ocean Realm