Discover some of our species...
Spiny Sea Dragon
They are recognisable by their long spiny body and long snout, and their vibrant orange skin with yellow and pink stripes. Our Spiny Sea dragons come from the unique ecological environment of NZ's Milford Sounds. They are the only creatures of their kind able to be seen in any aquarium in the world!Very little is currently known about Spiny Sea Dragons, and having them at Kelly Tarlton's means that experts will be able to study them and learn about how we can potentially breed and protect them for future generations.
It is quite easy to distinguish male Bige Bellied Seahorses from females - the males have a smooth soft pouch-like area at the base of its abdomen between where the stomach meets the tail on the front side. Males also have a fin here but it is less obvious. The female will have more of a pointed stomach with a very obvious fin at the base of the stomach.The Big Bellied seahorse swims using its dorsal fin with a vertical stance - and when not swimming it coils its tail around any suitable growth, such as seaweed, waiting for planktonic animals to drift by.