Most of you will know the Clownfish from the Disney Pixar film "Finding Nemo". This brightly-coloured fish is orange with three white vertical stripes; the rounded fins have black margins. The Clown fish grows to be about 2 to 5 inches (5 to 13 cm) long. The Clown fish lives on the sea floor amid anemone tentacles. It inhabits the warm waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
The Clownfish eat the anemone's leftover food. It also eats dead anemone tentacles and plankton.
Seahorses have the head of a horse, the tail of a monkey and it's the male who has the babies!! The female seahorse produces eggs, but they are held inside the male's body until they hatch; he is pregnant for about 40 to 50 days. The seahorse is the only animal in which the father is pregnant.
Bottlenose Dolphins are found in both temperate and tropical oceans throughout the world. Some sharks will prey upon dolphins. Dolphins are also often trapped in people's fishing nets. Dolphins are exceptionally playful creatures, often seen leaping out of the water purely for fun. They are very friendly creatures.
Fungi the Dingle Dolphin is a bottlenose Dolphin, Fungi can be seen in the harbour of Dingle Bay.
Sharks have a very good sense of smell. They also have several rows of teeth designed for ripping and tearing, their teeth replace themselves every 10 days or so. Sharks have unfairly earned a reputation as killing machines, eating everything in sight, including humans. Only a few of the 250 species of shark have ever been know to attack man, it is usually a case of mistaken identity - a person on a surfboard looks very much like a seal from a shark's point of view.
For every 10 people attacked by sharks, over 10,000 sharks are killed by people. They are usually hunted for their fins, as shark fin soup is a delicacy in the Orient.
There are over 30 types of shark found in Irish Waters:
Porbeagle, Basking, Thresher, Shortfin Mako, Blue, Tope, Six-gilled, Bull Huss, Dogfish, Smooth Hound and Spurdog. In deeper water you might find: Longnose, Velvet Dogfish, Black Dogfish, Velvet Belly, Great Lanternshark, Iceland Catshark, Mouse Catshark and Greenland Shark.
Starfish are carnivores (meat-eaters). They eat clams, oysters, coral, fish, and other animals. They push their stomach out through their mouth (located on the underside of the sea star) and digest the prey.
Most sea stars have five arms. Starfish do not have a brain; they have a simple ring of nerve cells that moves information around the body. Eyespots (primitive light sensors) are at the tip of each arm. If a sea star's arm is cut off, it will regenerate (regrow).