The reef tank in our Wee Beasties exhibit is home to a variety of marine animals.
Coral reefs play an important part in the ocean ecosystem and support over 25% of all marine life on our planet. Corals are found all over the world from warm tropical seas to deep cold waters. There are even reefs off the west coast of Scotland. Although they might look like plants, corals are actually animals. They are made from groups of little creatures called polyps that live together inside an exoskeleton. When lots of corals appear in one place they can form a coral reef which provides a home for many marine animals.
In our reef tank we have two important groups for you to look out for:
Clean up crew
Many underwater creatures survive by eating algae and parasites that live on rocks and the bodies of other marine wildlife. Big animals such as turtles and sharks, pick up lots of parasites while swimming in the open ocean. When they visit places like coral reefs, smaller creatures help them clean up – by eating the parasites right off their bodies.
Predators and Prey
Fish are a key part of the underwater food chain. Big fish eat smaller fish, while their waste and scraps provide food for many other creatures.
Don’t worry! Our fish have been carefully chosen – so they are not going to eat each other!
Check out the gallery below to see what species we have on display.
Everything in our tank has been sustainably sourced. This is very important as wild caught fish and coral are having a devastating impact on the health of reefs and species numbers in the wild.