The area around a large body of water, such as a lake, sea or ocean is described as the shoreline.
The animals that live here have to be adaptable to their
surroundings as they often have to deal with wide ranges of
physical and environmental factors. These include wave
action, tides, temperature changes and salinity changes in the
Where the surging waves meet unyielding rock you will find a
unique group of animals and plants able to withstand this harsh
environment. With the rise of the tide comes a flood of nutrients
and oxygenated water. It also brings with it predators, hungry for
the opportunity to pick off the herbivores and filter feeders that
have come to life.
Here at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's Rocky Shores exhibit,
surrounded by sea views and blue sky, you'll discover some of the
amazing animals that call this habitat home, including the
fascinating Flashlight Fish, Wobbegongs, Moon Jellyfish and
unusual-looking (to say the least!) Estuarine Stonefish.
In 2008/9 SEA LIFE Conservation Fund tagged and released 17
captive bred wobbegongs in to aquatic reserves around Sydney. These
protected areas are important for protecting entire ecosystems and
their inhabitants from extractive activities such as fishing. The
wobbegongs thrived, and this project was a world first
for putting captive born sharks into the wild.
Estuarine Stonefish: One of the most venomous fish in the world
Moon Jellyfish: A common sighting on Sydney’s shoreline