ADMITTEDLY, Kuala Lumpur is not the place one will associate with aquatic animals. But did you know you can get up close and personal with these 7 wondrous marine creatures at a location nestled in the heart of KL?
Let’s check them out:
1. Electric eels
The electric eel is actually a fish and is more closely related to catfish and carp than to other eel families. True to its name, this unique fish can generate up to 800 volts of electricity! Talk about shocking!
2. Lethal sea snakes
Sea snakes, or coral reef snakes, have adapted well with surviving underwater and couldn’t even thrive on land! But don’t let their weakness fool you, the snakes are one of the most venomous of all species and can kill a fully grown adult with only one bite. Sea snakes are found in warm coastal waters from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.
3. Tiger sharks
Weighing 1300 pounds or more and growing up to 15 feet, the tiger shark is the fourth-largest shark on earth. On top of being big, tiger sharks are also pretty bizarre: They literally eat garbage, give birth to massive litters and have curved, saw-like teeth!
4. Bluespotted ribbon tail stingray
The bluespotted ribbontail ray can be easily identified by its striking colour pattern of many electric blue spots on a yellowish background, with a pair of blue stripes on the tail.
Unlike other stingrays, the blue-spotted ray doesn’t bury itself in the sand to hide from. If threatened, the ray can flip its tail and stab predators.
Adorned in bold maroon, brown and white stripes, lionfish drift through the water by gently waving their fan-like fins. Floating tentacles frame their faces, making lionfish appear soft and delicate. But beware! These mysterious beauties come armed with venomous spines.
6. Hawksbill sea turtle
The Hawksbill Turtle is one of the smallest species of turtle. It is characterized by a narrow, pointed beak and a beautiful patterned shell, and it inhabits the warm, tropical coastline waters of the world’s oceans – from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and Indian Ocean as well.
7. Giant Pacific octopus
The giant Pacific octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus species: the size record is held by a specimen that was 30 feet across and weighed more than 600 pounds (300 kg)! A highly intelligent creature, the giant Pacific octopus can open jars, mimic other octopuses, and solve mazes in lab tests!
You can see all these and more at Aquaria KLCC– a state-of-the-art oceanarium showcasing over 5,000 different exhibits of marine and non-marine life over a sprawling 60,000 square-foot space in the Concourse Level of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.