Step into one of the most iconic harbours in the world – Sydney Harbour. Although situated in the middle of Australia's most populated city, Sydney Harbour is a truly remarkable haven for wildlife and is home to many different species.
Also known as Port Jackson, Sydney Harbour contains over 500
gigalitres of water within its 317km of coastline. This provides
for protected rocky reefs, seagrass beds and large intertidal areas
that are an important breeding ground for fish, invertebrates and
plankton. With over 600 species of fish inhabiting its depths, the
harbour is a vital link in the ecology of the coastline.
Here, amongst the stilted piers and platform decks of SEA LIFE
Sydney Aquarium's Sydney Harbour habitat, you'll discover many many
of the fishes and invertebrates one might see while snorkelling or
diving in this beautiful harbour.
Many of the fishes are so spectacularly coloured, they can
easily be mistaken for tropical reef species and in-fact, because
of the strong east Australian current which runs down along the
coast from the north, Sydney Harbour is also home to many stray
visitors that get swept down, usually as eggs or tiny babies, from
the tropics. These eggs and young fish arrive in early summer and
settle here while the water is still warm, so that by autumn a
variety of tropical fish normally associated with the Great Barrier
Reef can be seen in Sydney Harbour.
Here at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium's Sydney Harbour exhibit,
you'll discover Sydney Harbour really is as beautiful below the
surface as it is above.
Sydney Harbour is one of the most stunning harbours in the
world but also one of the busiest. What lies underneath may also
shock you. Many of our local marine species are fatally caught in
discarded fishing line or choke on discarded plastic rubbish.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium staff regularly do clean ups but
it's much easier if we can avoid the litter getting in there in the
first place! Look out for the Envirobank in the Aqua Café where you
can get rewards for recycling your aluminium and plastic drink
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