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B is for Black Tip Reef Shark

While you certainly won’t run into Jaws when you’re paddling at the East Sands beach, St Andrews Aquarium does have its very own shark-in-residence. Our black-tip reef shark is still a baby, and rather small, but in the wild, these toothy Carcharhinidae can grow up to 1.6 metres in length. Bluish-grey in colour, black-tip sharks […]

C is for Caimans…

Our spectacular, Spectacled Caimans might look a little bookish with their ridged eye-rings, but they’re anything but reserved. Although typically shy as hatchlings, cute little caiman grow up to be big, bold, aggressive crocodilian. It’s a common misconception that caiman are tiny. In fact, these predators can grow to a whopping eight or nine feet […]

D is for Dogfish…

…and not a pooch in sight! Now, just to clear things up, the Dogfish is not a fish that barks or has a  wagging tail. In fact, it couldn’t be further removed from our canine friends. The Dogfish is in fact a member of the shark family. Perhaps canines of the teeth variety is the […]

E is for Eels…

With his glaring eyes and razor-sharp gnashers, one of the most menacing-looking underwater lurkers of the St Andrew’s Aquarium is the majestic moray eel. Although their startling looks have earned them a scary reputation, moray eels are actually quite shy, much preferring to curl up in an off-shore rock crevice than to take a chomp […]

F is for Frogs

Frogs are all over the place, they are native to every continent of the world, thriving in most places which isn’t dry desert or frozen ice. On top of that frogs are everywhere, in the water (fresh, not salt), on the ground, underground, in the trees, so frogs even fly through the air but that […]

H is for Humboldt penguin…

Our Humboldt penguins are a vulnerable penguin species native to South America. They have a black back and a white front, as well as a distinctive band of black across their chest and streaks of white down their sides. These penguins live on rocky coasts along the West Coast of South America, mainly Chile and […]

I is for Iguana…

Iguanas are highly adaptable lizards, characterized by their long thin tails and spines along their back. They are mainly herbivores, but have been noted to eat things such as eggs, insects and rodents when they need to. Iguanas are also talented climbers and swimmers, making most environments suitable for them to escape potential predators. There […]

R is for the Reef

Welcome to The Reef Our ambition is to provide the most amazing underwater experience in Scotland and over the past few Winters, our team have been working tirelessly to make sure our aquarium is the best! Last year we developed our Great British Shark & Ray tank (beside the Meerkats), completely refurbished our Cold Water […]

Penguin enclosure re-vamp

St Andrews Aquarium’s waddle of Humboldt penguins have been settling into their new surroundings after an exciting redevelopment by one of the UK’s leading aquarium theming companies. The new £50,000 enclosure boasts being the ‘newest and best in the UK’ and the penguins – and their aquarium friends – have given it their seal of […]

12 fishy facts for back to school, with Dory & Nemo

Many kids headed back to school in the next few weeks will no doubt have their heads full of the hit film Finding Dory. The animated feature has been topping box offices in the UK and Ireland, with families flocking to see the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo. But while everyone knows Dory, not many know […]