Discover some of the most astonishing, frighteningly bizarre deep-sea inhabitants at Jakarta Aquarium Indonesia (JAI).
Located within Neo Soho Mall, West Jakarta, JAI is no stranger to superlatives when it comes to its marine collection. Home to over 3,598 animals and 354 species from crustaceans to Leafy Seadragons, JAI is happy to introduce their newest family members, including a Giant Pacific Octopus, a Giant Isopod, Leafy and Weedy Seadragons, Cherry Anthias/Sakura Anthias and a school of Flower Hat Jellyfish.
Famously known for having three hearts, nine brains and blue blood, the Giant Pacific Octopus grows bigger and lives longer than any other octopus. This gigantic deep-sea creature shows great adhesion capabilities thanks to 2,240 suckers spread along eight arms. Highly intelligent creatures, the Giant Pacific Octopus has been observed opening jars, mimic other octopuses and solve complex puzzles and play with toys. Their population is spread across the world ocean ranging from the Pacific waters of Korea and Japan, north to Alaska and south to Southern California.
Introducing the Giant Isopod, which most people perceive as an insect, but is actually a member of the crustacean family. These creepy-looking creatures are closely related to crustaceans like shrimps and crabs living between 550 feet and 7,020 feet deep. Due to its creepy features, the Giant Isopod are known for one of the strangest-looking deep marine seas ever alive. In addition to being able to live five years or more without eating, these crustacean-like creatures also have four different sets of jaws, which are used to attack trawl catches.
Leafy Seadragons are slow-swimmers with excellent natural camouflage that make them look permanently like seaweeds. Though related, the Leafy Seadragon is not a seahorse. The males incubate the eggs and carry them to term, releasing approximately about 250 miniature sea dragons.
Similar to the Leafy Seadragon, the Weedy Seadragons are also related to seahorses. Like sea horses, male sea dragons give birth. These sea dragons like to live in the oceans around Australia because they provide the kind of habitat that they prefer—rocky coral reefs and seaweed beds.
Cherry Anthias, also known as Sakura Anthias, are large, gorgeous Anthidiine Tosanoides Flavofasciatus. As with all anthias, there is one male; a super male; and a harem of females. The males are usually much more colourful than the females. Having born as protogynous hermaphrodites, all born females live in groups and dynamics.
Meet a highly colourful jellyfish species with multi-coloured tentacles: the Flower Hat Jellyfish. With its translucent and with dark, opaque pinstripes radiating from the top center to the edge these species like to hang out on the seafloor, and they are among the ocean’s list of major predators.
The coming of these astonishing beautiful sea creatures marks JAI’s mission to not only to encourage visitors to protect the future of our ocean but also to raise public awareness on the importance of the preservation, conservation and edutainment about our beloved marine environment.
This article is originally from paper. Read NOW!Jakarta Magazine July 2019 issue “Health, Sports, and Recreation”. Available at selected bookstores or SUBSCRIBE here.