Maritime Gloucester’s 12 Days of Fishmas
Fun facts for A – L:
The peppermint angelfish is a very rare species from the South Pacific. These candy-striped fish are found at depths of over 300 feet!
The banded coral shrimp is colored like a candy cane! While they look like shrimp, these tropical crustaceans are more closely related to crabs and lobsters.
Could there be a more festive sea creature than a Christmas tree worm? These tropical marine worms use their feathery tentacles for both feeding and breathing.
Decorator crabs are known for decorating themselves with seaweed and small marine animals for camouflage. This decorator crab used tiny sea stars!
In the United States, these fish are called bluefish, but in South Africa, they’re known as elf! Whatever you call them, these speedy fish can be found off of every continent but Antarctica.
Nudibranchs are sea slugs, related to snails and land slugs. The frosted nudibranch is a Pacific species, known for feeding on a various prey, including crustaceans, snails, and sea squirts.
Ginger gobies are small bottom-dwelling fish found in Eurasia. Females lay their eggs on rocks, and afterwards, the males guard the eggs until they hatch.
The holiday darter is found in rivers in the Southeastern United States. These colorful fish feed on small crustaceans and aquatic insect larvae.
Antarctic icefish produce antifreeze proteins. This prevents ice crystals from forming in their blood, allowing them to live at freezing temperatures that would kill most fish species.
Jingle shells, jingle shells, jingle all the way! A jingling sound can be heard when waves crash upon beaches covered with these oyster-like shells.
Do you enjoy sledding when the snow is just right? When not in the water, Antarctic king penguins are often seen tobogganing along the ice on their bellies.
Christmas Island is known for its bright red land crabs. Once a year, over 40 million of these forest-dwelling crabs migrate to the ocean to lay their eggs.
— Curtis Sarkin
Marine Science Educator