Love is in the air (and the water)!
1. Barramundis like to set the mood.
This fish spawns on the full moon. The name Barramundi is Aboriginal for "large-scaled silver fish", and their iridescent skin can be seen shimmering through the water during their 'love dance'. Another cool fact: Virtually all Barramundi are born male, then turn into females when they are 3 - 4 years old. This means female Barramundi can only be courted by younger fish.
2. Green Tree Frogs sing a special love song.
During the breeding season (March to October), males call to attract females for mating. The call sounds like a nasal "queenk-queenk-queenk." Hundreds to thousands of males may call at once during these congregations.
3. Coral Banded Shrimp never forget their first love.
In the wild, young coral banded shrimp pair up and grow together. Paired adults can be found in the same territory for days, months or even years. Scientists have never observed this species move a distance greater than 1 ½ feet unless disturbed, and even then, the paired individuals attempt to stay together.
4. Cuttlefish get sneaky.
Cuttlefish are known for their ability to change the coloring of their skin. This can come to the advantage of smaller males during mating season. These sneaky creatures disguise themselves with a more female color pattern to fool any larger males who would otherwise chase them away from a group of females.
5. Corals are the ultimate long distance lovers.
Male and female corals cannot move closer to one another in order to reproduce. Instead, spawning occurs in a mass synchronized event along many reefs. Known as broadcast spawners, corals release massive amounts of eggs and sperm into their environment which can end up distributing tiny offspring over a large geographic span.
Making Valentine's Day plans? The Aquarium is a great place to spend the day with family, friends or that special someone. This weekend, look for special enrichment activities in River Otter Falls, Penguins' Rock and more as our animals celebrate with special heart-themed treats. You can also bring a valentine to your favorite Aquarium animal! Look for a special table in the lobby of the River Journey building.