Each month we will highlight an animal species or group of animals from a particular region in the world, aka our #AAQFeaturedCreature. On our Facebook and website, we will take a “deeper dive” into each animal by sharing interesting, fun facts about them. (Please note: Not all animals highlighted as the #AAQFeaturedCreature are on exhibit at Adventure Aquarium.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.