As you plan your next visit, don’t miss out on the new amazing animals, exhibits and activities at the Aquarium this year!
This unusual fish called a walking batfish is a very poor swimmer, but has developed very strong pectoral and pelvic fins that it uses as hands and feet to creep along the sea floor. FUN FACT: When hungry, the walking batfish nearly freezes on the sea floor, moving the antennae-like structure on its nose, back and forth. When a small fish gets curious and moves in for inspection, it opens its mouth and sucks in the unsuspecting victim.
Baby Epaulette Sharks
Shark 'pup'date! Our baby epaulette shark pups are really growing. These juveniles were hatched at the aquarium in 2019. These amazing creatures can “walk” by wriggling their bodies and pushing with their fins along the sea floor and even on land when needed! For that reason it is often referred to as the “walking shark”. They love to hide but try and spot them in our Shipwreck Gallery.
Blaze the Whitetip Shark
Sometimes animals come to us with unique sets of circumstances. Meet Blaze our new white tip reef shark who was donated to us in April 2021 from a private collector. After spending several months acclimating off exhibit, Blaze is now swimming in our ocean tank along with some of our other sharks. She is slowly getting used to her new surroundings. You can easily spot Blaze because she is the smallest of our 2 whitetips and can often be seen resting on top of the tunnel.
Have you met our Longhorn Cowfish? 🐮🐟 These cuties have unique defense mechanisms against predators. Their long horns prevent other fish from swallowing them whole. Also when threatened, they can release a poison into the water that can harm their predators. See if you can spot one hovering around our Contact Cove Gallery
Seahorse and Pipefish nursery
Can you spot the baby pipefish in our nursery? Pipefish have a prehensile tail like a seahorse that they use to hitch onto just about anything around them, including each other. The strange-looking, elongated bodies help them camouflage themselves in sea grass beds to avoid predators. FUN FACT: Similar to the seahorse, the male pipefish fertilizes and incubates the eggs, keeping them safe until the babies are ready to be born. Come SEA these little cuties in our Submarine Gallery.
Our new high-powered microscope will have you seeing things you've never seen before! Get an up-close look at all kinds of cool specimens including shark teeth, crab molt, fish scales, stingray teeth and even see microscopic brine shrimp at work! Don't miss this exhibit in our Submarine Gallery on your next visit to the aquarium!
Poison Dart Frogs
A poison dart frogs colorful designs tell potential predators, "I'm toxic. Don't eat me." Scientists think that poison dart frogs get their toxicity from some of the insects they eat. How do poison dart frogs capture their prey? Slurp! With a long, sticky tongue that darts out and zaps the unsuspecting bug! Come check out these little cuties and all our other amazing animals.
How does a sheep crab eat? Crabs use their multiple appendages to hunt and eat. They use their antennae for touch and smell; a number of modified appendages act as a mouth for cutting, picking, sorting and pulverizing food; and the pincers, the most recognizable appendage, are used for grasping and tearing. Come on down and meet our sheep crabs and all of our other amazing animals.
Where did the horn shark get its name? From its short, blunt head with pronounced ridges over the eyes that look just like horns. While sleeker sharks rule the open waters, the horn shark hides out in the shadows of the seafloor. It is not a graceful swimmer and doesn't move around like its streamlined kin — in fact, sometimes the horn shark uses its strong pectoral fins to crawl along rocks.
Meet our wolf eel! With a face only a mother could love, this guy may look a bit ferocious but he’s actually quite harmless (if you keep your fingers away from its powerful jaw.) The appearance of the fish is apparently scary, with its rugged tone, large eyes, and toothy mouth, helping them scare off many predators
Gee you’re swell! Our new swell sharks have a very unique response when they feel threatened. They swallow large quantities of water and swell to twice their normal size! This makes it difficult for predators to bite or pull the shark from its rocky crevice. When letting the water out, the shark makes a dog like bark!!
Baby Paddlefish! Shreveport Aquarium, in partnership with Caddo Lake Institute is actively rearing and reintroducing the American Paddlefish into areas where they have locally gone extinct. By raising this freshwater species onsite, the public can see and learn about them before the annual release into Caddo Lake. Although once common in Caddo Lake, the 300 million year old species had completely disappeared from the lake in the 70s. Come visit these special creatures at the aquarium!
NEW👀 Come meet our new shovelnose sturgeon. Sturgeon live in freshwater rivers and are long-lived, late maturing fish with an average lifespan is 40+ years! Their evolution dates back to the Triassic period, 245 to 208 million years ago but despite surviving on Earth for millions of years, sturgeon are now vulnerable to overfishing for their flesh and roe (caviar) and interference in their natural habitat. FUN FACT: Sturgeon use their sensitive barbels to detect prey and vacuum the food items up through their long tubular mouths.
This is an albino catfish. Albinism is caused by a series of genetic abnormalities leading to reduction of melanin production. The light coloration makes them easier to spot by predators and it is therefore uncommon with adult albino catfish in the wild. FUN FACT: Most catfish are bottom feeders and are negatively buoyant, meaning that they sink due to their reduced gas bladder and very bony, heavy heads.