Marine life in the Rainbow Reef

Never snorkelled but have always  wondered what it is like to marvel at marine life up-close?

The Rainbow Reef at Adventure Cove Waterpark gives you that opportunity.  You no longer  need to travel to neighbouring countries like Thailand or Indonesia to snorkel to enjoy intimate encounters with  over 100 species of marine animals in their psychedelic coral reef home.

Rainbow Reef at Adventure Cove Waterpark

We highlight four eye-catching species that are vibrantly colourful. Keep your eyes peeled though, because they have camouflaging abilities that make it a challenge to spot them!

Yellowfin Surgeonfish

Yellowfin Surgeonfish
Yellowfin Surgeonfish. Photo by Michael Aw

The yellowfin surgeonfish’s name is attributed to the distinctive yellow dorsal fins. Yellow blotches are also present around the eyes. Their bodies are coloured in different shades of blue over the horizontal lines.

Did you know?

Brace yourself for this: Individuals often swim under groups of sharks and barracudas, feeding on their faeces!

Blueface Angelfish

Blueface Angelfish
Blueface Angelfish. Photo by Michael Aw.

Blueface angelfish are covered in black, white and sapphire blue stripes when they are young. When they grow to about 12 cm (~5 inches), their bodies become pale yellow. They also have bluish scales and bright yellow pectoral fins.  Adult blueface angelfish can grow to as large as 38 cm (15 inches), and can live up to two decades!

Did you know?

Blueface angelfish are one of the reef inhabitants that communicate by making grunts which are audible to divers. They make these sounds to defend their territory  against other competing blueface angelfish.

Copperband Butterflyfish

Copperband Butterflyfish
Copperband Butterflyfish. Photo by Michael Aw.

The effect created by undulating their thin, flattened colourful bodies as they navigate through the reefs give these fish the name ‘copperband’. Vertical yellow stripes are spread evenly over their white silvery bodies, and there is a distinct dark spot on their dorsal fins. They also have long snouts, which help them extract food from coral reefs.

Did you know?

Copperband butterflyfish usually have four vertical yellow stripes. One of them is aligned to run across their eyes!

Clown Triggerfish

Clown Triggerfish
Clown Triggerfish. Photo by Michael Aw.

One of the most  exuberantly patterned fish, clown triggerfish have unique colourations of various patterns over their bodies. White spots can been seen on the darker-coloured lower part of their bodies, while black spots are present on the yellow upper parts.

Their bright yellow mouths help to deter predators. Juveniles are rarely seen because they often take refuge  in caves and crevices at depths of 25 metres and below.

Did you know?

Clown triggerfish have eyes that work independently to scan for prey or threats. We just can’t imagine ourselves looking to the left with one eye and to the right with the other!

The Rainbow Reef is just one of the many exciting features in the Adventure Cove Waterpark. Find out more activities you can do at ACW:

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