After spending time in quarantine, the batfish
will go into the aquarium's giant 250,000 litre coral reef display - close to 1,000 times the size of its previous home.
All are taken from sustainable stocks only Fish in the tanks include the parrot fish, the humphead wrasse, blacktip reef sharks, brightly coloured fusiliers, the small Red Sea fairy baslet, batfish
and an intriguing leopard shark, among others.
To get really up close and personal you should don diving gear and take a stroll with the cute batfish
, the friendly-faced bullethead parrotfish and even the odd blacktip reef shark, which is apparently harmless and doesn't deserve the bad press usually accorded to the species.
Nora the batfish
, who is the size of a dinner plate, was donated to Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium in time for Halloween.
With its Pinocchio-like snout, scruffy white whiskers, and Arrest-Me Red lips, this rosy-lipped batfish
couldn't look more bizarre.
An earlier version called the Batfish
was designed in Canada.
Snorkeling or diving, you'll see hundreds of species of fish, including manta rays, batfish
, moray eels, barracuda, whitetip shark--though you'll have a better chance of seeing larger fish if you dive.
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Two new species of pancake batfish
have been found in the Gulf of Mexico near the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.