Oceanarium Animal Information

Experience a diverse assortment of sea life at the MSUM Oceanarium. The facility houses a variety of fish and other marine organisms, including:

Atlantic Stingrays (Dasyatis sabina)

  • Range: Chesapeake Bay south to Florida; Gulf of Mexico south to Campeche Mexico
  • Habitat: warm coastal and estuarine waters above 59° F, shallow waters at depths of 6.5-20 feet, sand or silt/sand seabed, varying salinity
  • Diet: Crustaceans, Amphipods, Clams
  • Predators: different species of sharks

Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus)

  • Range: Atlantic Ocean along the North American coastline. Horseshoe crabs can also be seen along the East and Gulf coasts of the United States and Mexico
  • Habitat: shallow coastal habitats such as lagoons, estuaries and mangrove to depths of more than 200 m (660 ft) up to 56 km (35 mi) offshore
  • Diet: Small mollusks, aquatic worms, algae, shrimp
  • Predators: Sharks, sea turtles, sea birds, humans

sheepshead-fish2.jpgSheepshead Fish (Archosargus probatocephalus)

  • Range: Eastern coastline of North and South America
  • Habitat: Shallow marine & brackish waters
  • Diet: bivalves & crustaceans
  • Predators: Sharks, other large fish and humans

Plus, dozens of other species ranging from tropical fish to urchins to sea stars and more.