Saturday, November 22, 2008

Coral in Aquarium and Marine Museum

Universiti Malaysia Sabah Aquarium and Marine Museum also have various type of coral. Corals are marine organisms that exist as small sea anemone. Typically they are in colonies of many identical individuals. The group includes the important reef builders that are found in tropical oceans, which secrete calcium carbonate to form a hard skeleton.

Below are the pictures of coral that I have taken. They are really beautiful and attractive. There are many tourist came to Sabah to dive or just snookering to see all this living things. If you don’t have to change to dive at Sabah, you still can get the chance to see them here.

Do this look like our human brain?

Nemo swim near the coral.

There are also a few types of star fish in the aquarium. This is the Linckia Laevigata or also known as Blue Starfish. Sometime it is also call the Comet Sea Star.

Protorester Nodulosus or also known as Chocolate Chip Star. The spike on the star make it got the name of Rhinoceros Sea Star. I didn’t touch it so I don’t know whether it is a hard spike or soft.

This is another type of starfish.

In Sabah, you can get to see a sea urchin almost at every beach or sea side. You can take a look at my Sutera Harbour Resort‘s post where I got take a picture of sea urchin from the jetty. This is the Diadema Sabignyi or known as Black Sea Urchin. The spike of the urchin is poisonous. It is common in shallow water (about 0 to 70 meters) of tropical coral reefs. It can grow to a maximum width of approximately 23cm.

I’m not sure how to call this creature but I think it won’t be wrong to call it sea snail even though it doesn’t have a shell behind. This sea snail really looks cute but lonely because it is the only kind in the aquarium.

Well, these are all the coral in Universiti Malaysia Sabah Aquarium and Marine Museum. Maybe someday in the future, there will have more kind of coral raise here.


sabahking said...

the coral in ums is very normal !!

Borneo Falcon said...

Very nice. They have a variety of star fish here

ahlost said...

Wahh.. very nice :)

The Faerykin said...

Nice, we should preserve our corals.

julian said...

Nice photos - maybe you can call the creature a 'sea slug'?

I saw the 'coral reef' tank in Aquaria, KLCC - this one is much better!

curryegg said...

Serious, you took all these photos! Wowo wowo wowo!
They are really beautiful.. envy you la... :P

Johnny Ong said...

fish feed on sea urchin. i used a knife to poke at the urchin and fling it around the seawater and fishes came to bite at it