Fun Facts

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20 facts that will blow your mind!

#1

White Common Lobster Homarus Gammarus Lobsters communicate by peeing at each other. They have urine nozzles just under their eyes!

#2

Common Spider crabs Maja brachydactyla Spider crabs camouflage themselves by sticking things to their carapace, including seaweed, sponges and anemones.

#3

Small Spotted Catshark Scyliorhinus canicula Mermaid purses are shark eggs! They are laid by some catsharks and rays.

#4

Topknot Zeugopterus Punctatus All flatfish are born upright like a normal fish. They flatten and slide their eye around their heads afterwards.

#5

Common Star Fish Asterias Rubens Starfish can regrow lost arms, even if they only have a couple left.

#6

Spiny Starfish Marthasterias Glacialis Starfish have an eye on the end of each arm allowing them to see light, dark and simple shapes.

#7

Round Stingray Urobatis Halleri Not all rays have stinging barbs. Some rely on hiding in the sand for defence.

#8

Turbot Scophthalmus Maximus Turbot can change the colour and pattern of their skin to match their background.

#9

Whitetip Reef Shark Triaenodon Obesus Sharks have 6 senses. Their 6th sense is an electro-receptive sense. They can detect electrical impulses from muscles.

#10

Devil's Hand Coral Lobophytum Sp Coral reefs cover less than 0.2% of our oceans but they contain 25% of the world’s marine fish species.

#11

Small spotted Catshark Scyliorhinus Canicula Sharks have skeletons made of cartilage, which is lighter and more flexible than bone.

#12

Ocellaris Clownfish Amphiprion Ocellaris All Clownfish are born male. The largest in a group will turn into a female.

#13

Cod Gadus Morhua Around 75% of the seafood we eat in the UK is made up of just 5 species: cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns. There is more plankton in cold waters, because cold water contains more oxygen for them to breathe.

#14

Red Lionfish Pterois Volitans Lionfish have stinging spines. The sting is extremely painful to humans but is rarely fatal.

#15

White Common Lobster Homarus Gammarus If a lobster loses a claw or an eye, it is usually able to grow another, although the new one is usually smaller.

#16

Ballan Wrasse Labrus Bergylta All Ballan Wrasse are born as girls. They change into boys at around 7 years old.

#17

Pot Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus Abdominalis Seahorse dorsal fins beat 75-100 times a minute.

#18

Pot Bellied Seahorse Hippocampus Abdominalis Seahorses are the only fish with necks and prehensile tails.

#19

Lesser Curled Octopus Eledone Cirroha Octopuses have three hearts and blue blood.

#20

Lesser Curled Octopus Eledone Cirroha Octopuses can taste with their suckers.