A giant stingray during feeding time in Neo Soho Mall's Jakarta Aquarium in West Jakarta on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Jakarta Aquarium's New Creatures of the Deep

BY : YUDHA BASKORO

JUNE 19, 2019

The Jakarta Aquarium now has three new unique marine creatures at its site inside the Neo Soho Mall in West Jakarta: the Giant Pacific Octopus, the Giant Isopod and the Leafy or Weedy Sea Dragon. The three rare creatures are animals of the deep sea.

"The Jakarta Aquarium is also a conservation center. We keep many marine creatures here to preserve them as species," director Will Owens said on Wednesday.

Bringing deep-sea animals to a tropical site was not easy. The Jakarta Aquarium has to make sure they are kept at the same temperature and given the same food as they get in their natural habitat.

Curator Aaron Jup said the Giant Pacific Octopus has eight sucker-covered arms. They have a strong grip that can detect taste and odor, and can enter spaces smaller than its beak. The animal can change the color and texture of its skin to blend with rocks and algae around its body. The Giant Pacific Octopus is usually found in Korea, Japan, Alaska and Southern California.

The Giant Sea Lice or Giant Isopod, a close relative of the shrimp and crab, lives in depths of between 160 and 2300 meters. The Jakarta Aquarium places the Giant Isopod in a dark water tank which resembles its natural habitat.

But the crowd's favorite so far is the graceful Leafy or Weedy Sea Dragon. They have small, leaf-like fins that disguise them from predators. The Sea Dragon is not the same as a Sea Horse even though it has many similarities. Sea Dragons do not have "waist bags" to raise their children. 

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti opened the Jakarta Aquarium in October last year. The aquarium, the first in Indonesia to be located inside a shopping mall, is also a marine conservation and edutainment center.

Director of Jakarta Aquarium Will Owens gives speech during press conference on Wednesday (19/06) He is accompanied by Director of Sales and Marketing D. Noviarini and Curator Manager of Jakarta Aquarium Aaron Jup as they introduce new three collections of Jakarta Aquarium Giant Pacific Octopus, Giant Isopod and Leafy Sea Dragon (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Jakarta Aquarium director Will Owens gives a speech to introduce the new collections on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
School students enjoying their edutainment trip in Jakarta Aquarium, West Jakarta on Wednesday (19/06) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Students during a school trip to the Jakarta Aquarium. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Diver feeds a Leopard Whipray in Jakarta Aquarium at West Jakarta on Wednesday (19/06) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A diver feeds a Leopard Whipray. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Giant Pacific Octopus, the one of three new collection of Jakarta Aquarium has seen during media trip on Wednesday (19/06)  These animals can change the color and texture of their skin to blend with rocks and algae around them. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Giant Pacific Octopus, one of the new collections at the Jakarta Aquarium. The animal can change the color and texture of its skin to blend with rocks and algae around it. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Weedy Sea Dragon swims calmly in Jakarta Aquarium, West Jakarta on Wednesday (19/06) The weed-like growth on their bodies hides them from predators. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Weedy Sea Dragon swims calmly in the aquarium. The weed-like growth on their bodies hides them from predators. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Leafy Sea Dragon good in camouflage but easily becomes a new primadona in the aquarium. He attracts more attention of visitors in Jakarta Aquarium on Wednesday (19/06) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Leafy Sea Dragon in camouflage. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitors take a selfie inside the aquarium in Jakarta Aqurium, West Java on Wednesday (19/06) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitors take selfies from behind a water tank. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A family learn about plastic pollution in our ocean at the Jakarta aquarium, West Jakarta on Wednesday (19/06) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A wall is reserved to educate visitors about plastic waste and pollution. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitors watch jellyfish in Jakarta Aquarium, West Jakarta on Wednesday (19/06) The aquarium is good for family trip because it is located on a mall (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Children watch jellyfish swim in the Jakarta Aquarium on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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