yellow tangs

PACIFIC CORAL REEF CAM

  • Current time in Baltimore
  • Location: The National Aquarium, Baltimore, USA
  • Source: www.aqua.org
  • Info: Live streaming HD cam of reef fish in the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit at the Baltimore Aquarium with more than 60 species. Look out for reef fishes including spotfin butterfly fish, clown triggerfish, banggai cardinalfish, harlequin tuskfish, percula clownfish and yellow tang.
  • More Info: Corals have been on earth for at least 400 million years and form the most diverse habitats on the planet. Coral reefs occur in less than 1 percent of the ocean, yet they are home to nearly 25 percent of all ocean species. These ancient structures make a perfect home for millions of species of fish, crabs, clams, starfish, squid, sponges, lobsters, seahorses, sea turtles, and more. That exceptional diversity has given them the nickname, “rainforests of the sea.”

    Reef fishes form one of the most colourful and diverse groups of animals in the sea. Their beautiful bright colours and patterns also have a special function. Red colours appear black under water, helping a fish to go unseen. Stripes allow a fish to camouflage itself against the coral and spotted patterns serve to confuse a would-be predator.