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Earl Hamilton
• Thursday, 15 October, 2020
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Southern stingrays, a green moray eel, and two sea turtles also share this exciting exhibit. Sand tiger sharks are found in the shallow, coastal tropical waters of all oceans except the central and eastern Pacific.

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Diet This nocturnal hunter feeds on bony fish, small sharks and rays, octopus, and large crustaceans. Unique Adaptations Sand tiger sharks are often found in groups of a few dozen, hovering in caves or near reefs or shipwrecks.

Sand tigers migrate, coming toward shore during the summer and moving southward or to deeper waters in the winter. Reproduction Female sand tiger sharks are viviparous (producing living young from eggs that hatch within the body).

Southern stingrays inhabit temperate waters of bays and estuaries from New Jersey to Brazil, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Diet Rays feed on a wide variety of bottom organisms, such as crustaceans (shrimp and crab), mollusks (snails and shellfish), and worms.

Development is viviparous (pups hatch from their egg capsules while inside the mother’s uterus and are born soon after). In the early spring and summer, females may leave the water and return to their home beach to nest.

Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are carnivores, feeding on crabs, mollusks, jellyfish, mussels, and fish. Unique Adaptations Streamlined bodies and flippers make these large animals powerful swimmers and divers-some species routinely diving to depths greater than 1,000 feet and staying underwater for several hours.

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Unlike their freshwater relatives, sea turtles have a special gland that rids their bodies of excess salts. These events are called an “arrived” and take place on a small strip of beach at Ranch Nero, Mexico.

Their populations have declined due to commercial harvest of turtle meat, eggs, skins for leather, and shells for ornaments and jewelry. They die from ingesting marine debris, such as plastic bags, or get caught in nets as by catch and drown.

Moray eels are found in tropical reefs and shallows from New Jersey to Brazil, including Bermuda and the Gulf of Mexico. Nocturnal and shy by nature, green morays often hide in crevices and holes in corals.

They feed on fish and crustaceans, especially crabs, and use their long, slender bodies to enter holes and crevices in search of hidden prey. Despite warning predators with a large open mouth and sharp teeth, morays are not aggressive and do not usually bite unless provoked.

Moray eels begin adult life as males, then later change to females (sex reversal). They frequently follow large animals like sea turtles, sharks, and rays to scavenge leftovers.

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They live in the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean, along the eastern coast of the U.S. and south to Brazil and Uruguay. Jacks are typically light, usually silver with red pigmentation which disappears in dark ocean water.

Diet These strong-swimming carnivores rely on speed and strength to catch their prey, which includes small fish, cope pods, and other ocean animals. Unique Adaptations Jacks are often found swimming with sharks, but when roaming the open sea they school as a defense mechanism.

Jacks can also be seen hitching a free ride in the bow wake of their predatory “companions.” Juveniles hide among jellyfish, debris, plants, etc, and have a deeper and sleeker appearance then the adults. They prefer the sheltered habitats of coral reefs, and especially shady areas such as shipwrecks, rock ledges, and caves.

Atlantic goliathgrouper have a broad, flat head and mouth, and can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh over 700 pounds. These hunters are not built for speed over long distances and prefer to ambush prey, rather than pursue it in open water.

The diet of these large predators consists mainly of crab, lobster, fish, octopus, and young sea turtles. Habits and Adaptations Atlantic Goliath groupers are often spotted or dark, allowing them to camouflage with their surroundings.

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Small groupers may be preyed upon by barracuda, king mackerel, moray eels, and sharks. When threatened, an Atlantic goliathgrouper will defend its territory with aggressive body language and a distinctly audible rumbling sound.

These puffer fish primarily inhabit coral reefs and other warm shallow waters. Usually brown, with some yellow on the underside, these stocky, slow swimming fishes have a large head and a “box-shaped” body.

Diet Porcupine fish use their strong beaks to crush coral polyps, mollusks, crustaceans, crabs, and sea urchins. Unique Adaptations Puffers hide in coral and as their name implies, can puff up two to three times their normal size by sucking air or water into a special chamber in their abdomen.

Puffers employ a number of defenses to avoid getting eaten: they are covered with sharp spines, their internal organs contain an extremely toxic nerve poison, and when cornered they can bury themselves in the sand. This important food fish can be found in warm coastal waters, from Massachusetts to Brazil, including Bermuda and the Gulf of Mexico.

They have a triangular-shaped head and a notched tail, and are capable of inflicting injuries to unsuspecting fishermen with their well-developed teeth. Tarpon are found in tropical and temperate waters along the eastern Atlantic coasts of North and South America.

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A female tarpon may lay 12 million eggs, which drift in ocean currents far from shore. Unique Adaptations When swimming in oxygen-poor water, tarpons can gulp air from the surface using special lung-like bladders.

Initially the young head to shallow water where they become an intricate part of the plankton that drifts with ocean currents far from shore. Trigger fish usually spend a large portion of their lives near a coral reef-inhabiting areas in coastal waters from New York to Brazil.

Small eyes set high on a large, angular head and jaw give them a “bucktoothed” appearance. Diet Trigger fish have powerful jaws and teeth that allow them to easily crush hard-shelled prey like crustaceans, mollusks, coral, and sea urchins.

The Queen trigger fish will blow mouthfuls of water at sea urchins to flip them over and expose their softer underparts. Size: They are one of the largest members of the sea bass family; reaching lengths up to 8.2 feet (2.5 m) and weights of 800 pounds (363 kg).

Communication: They will quiver with an open mouth and produce a rumbling sound to defend their territory and to locate others of their kind. After spawning, the fertilized eggs hatch into larvae, spend about six weeks in open water and then settle in shallow mangrove habitats.

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Habitat/range: Goliath groupers inhabit rocky shores, shallow reefs, ledges, dock pilings and wrecks, where caves and holes can protect them at depths of 15 -150 feet (4.6-45.6 m). They are found in the Atlantic Ocean from Senegal to Congo and from Florida down to Brazil, the Caribbean Sea and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Southern stingrays, a green moray eel, and two sea turtles also share this exciting exhibit. Sand tiger sharks are found in the shallow, coastal tropical waters of all oceans except the central and eastern Pacific.

Diet This nocturnal hunter feeds on bony fish, small sharks and rays, octopus, and large crustaceans. Unique Adaptations Sand tiger sharks are often found in groups of a few dozen, hovering in caves or near reefs or shipwrecks.

Sand tigers migrate, coming toward shore during the summer and moving southward or to deeper waters in the winter. Reproduction Female sand tiger sharks are viviparous (producing living young from eggs that hatch within the body).

Southern stingrays inhabit temperate waters of bays and estuaries from New Jersey to Brazil, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Diet Rays feed on a wide variety of bottom organisms, such as crustaceans (shrimp and crab), mollusks (snails and shellfish), and worms.

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(Source: www.theonlinezoo.com)

Development is viviparous (pups hatch from their egg capsules while inside the mother’s uterus and are born soon after). In the early spring and summer, females may leave the water and return to their home beach to nest.

Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are carnivores, feeding on crabs, mollusks, jellyfish, mussels, and fish. Unique Adaptations Streamlined bodies and flippers make these large animals powerful swimmers and divers-some species routinely diving to depths greater than 1,000 feet and staying underwater for several hours.

Unlike their freshwater relatives, sea turtles have a special gland that rids their bodies of excess salts. These events are called an “arrived” and take place on a small strip of beach at Ranch Nero, Mexico.

Their populations have declined due to commercial harvest of turtle meat, eggs, skins for leather, and shells for ornaments and jewelry. They die from ingesting marine debris, such as plastic bags, or get caught in nets as by catch and drown.

Moray eels are found in tropical reefs and shallows from New Jersey to Brazil, including Bermuda and the Gulf of Mexico. Nocturnal and shy by nature, green morays often hide in crevices and holes in corals.

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They feed on fish and crustaceans, especially crabs, and use their long, slender bodies to enter holes and crevices in search of hidden prey. Despite warning predators with a large open mouth and sharp teeth, morays are not aggressive and do not usually bite unless provoked.

Moray eels begin adult life as males, then later change to females (sex reversal). They frequently follow large animals like sea turtles, sharks, and rays to scavenge leftovers.

They live in the tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic Ocean, along the eastern coast of the U.S. and south to Brazil and Uruguay. Jacks are typically light, usually silver with red pigmentation which disappears in dark ocean water.

Diet These strong-swimming carnivores rely on speed and strength to catch their prey, which includes small fish, cope pods, and other ocean animals. Unique Adaptations Jacks are often found swimming with sharks, but when roaming the open sea they school as a defense mechanism.

Jacks can also be seen hitching a free ride in the bow wake of their predatory “companions.” Juveniles hide among jellyfish, debris, plants, etc, and have a deeper and sleeker appearance then the adults. They prefer the sheltered habitats of coral reefs, and especially shady areas such as shipwrecks, rock ledges, and caves.

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Atlantic goliathgrouper have a broad, flat head and mouth, and can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh over 700 pounds. These hunters are not built for speed over long distances and prefer to ambush prey, rather than pursue it in open water.

The diet of these large predators consists mainly of crab, lobster, fish, octopus, and young sea turtles. Habits and Adaptations Atlantic Goliath groupers are often spotted or dark, allowing them to camouflage with their surroundings.

Small groupers may be preyed upon by barracuda, king mackerel, moray eels, and sharks. When threatened, an Atlantic goliathgrouper will defend its territory with aggressive body language and a distinctly audible rumbling sound.

These puffer fish primarily inhabit coral reefs and other warm shallow waters. Usually brown, with some yellow on the underside, these stocky, slow swimming fishes have a large head and a “box-shaped” body.

Diet Porcupine fish use their strong beaks to crush coral polyps, mollusks, crustaceans, crabs, and sea urchins. Unique Adaptations Puffers hide in coral and as their name implies, can puff up two to three times their normal size by sucking air or water into a special chamber in their abdomen.

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Puffers employ a number of defenses to avoid getting eaten: they are covered with sharp spines, their internal organs contain an extremely toxic nerve poison, and when cornered they can bury themselves in the sand. This important food fish can be found in warm coastal waters, from Massachusetts to Brazil, including Bermuda and the Gulf of Mexico.

They have a triangular-shaped head and a notched tail, and are capable of inflicting injuries to unsuspecting fishermen with their well-developed teeth. Tarpon are found in tropical and temperate waters along the eastern Atlantic coasts of North and South America.

A female tarpon may lay 12 million eggs, which drift in ocean currents far from shore. Unique Adaptations When swimming in oxygen-poor water, tarpons can gulp air from the surface using special lung-like bladders.

Initially the young head to shallow water where they become an intricate part of the plankton that drifts with ocean currents far from shore. Trigger fish usually spend a large portion of their lives near a coral reef-inhabiting areas in coastal waters from New York to Brazil.

Small eyes set high on a large, angular head and jaw give them a “bucktoothed” appearance. Diet Trigger fish have powerful jaws and teeth that allow them to easily crush hard-shelled prey like crustaceans, mollusks, coral, and sea urchins.

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The Queen trigger fish will blow mouthfuls of water at sea urchins to flip them over and expose their softer underparts.

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