A couple of new residents have arrived at Blue Reef in Southsea this month.
Visitors to the aquarium on Clarence Esplanade can now meet a two-foot-long puffer fish and a rare baby zebra shark, or Colin and Rodney as they are known to aquarium staff.
Colin, the massive map puffer fish, recently found a home in the tropical shark display and is more than capable of looking after himself among the ocean’s ultimate predators.
The highly poisonous pufferfish are able to inflate their bodies by using special muscles and valves to rapidly gulp in and retain water.
Blue Reef’s Jen Atkinson says: ‘Colin’s completely unfazed by the sharks and they know that. Despite being much smaller than they are, it’s not a good idea to mess with him!’
She adds: ‘Puffer fish are always quite inquisitive fish by their nature, but he seems to be particularly curious and will follow you around the display.’
Meanwhile, Rodney has joined a pride of venomous lionfish in a novel new display at the aquarium.
The black-and-white-striped shark, who was born earlier this year and measures just 35cms, will eventually grow to 10 times his current size and completely change his pattern from stripes to spots.
Go to bluereefaquarium.co.uk.