Animals living in the Artificial/Aquatic & Marine habitat

A coral reef is an important natural habitat for a variety of sea life, including marine animals. Unfortunately, this sea life is being threatened in many areas of the world. Various land-reclamation projects, ship channel dredging, and waste dumping have destroyed several coral and marine habitats through the years.

The development of artificial reef projects address this issue, providing open-sea aquariums and underwater gardens to revitalize diminishing marine life. These man-made reefs and aquatic habitats are home to a number of marine creatures. Colorful coral reef fish are among the most plentiful, standing out among other animals in the artificial aquatic environment.

Sponges, sea worms, shrimp, crabs, and starfish are also common to these marine habitats, as are various species of fungi, crustaceans, and mollusks. Jellyfish, sea urchins, turtles, oysters, clams, and sea anemones also inhabit man-made coral reef environments.

Some artificial reef projects include transplanting healthy coral from polluted or unsafe waters into protected waters. So far, the survival of this healthy coral is encouraging. Using natural coral and recycled materials that are safe for the environment, artificial aquatic habit projects can conserve and rejuvenate the underwater ecosystem. This is heartening news for the world's extravagant and beautiful marine life.


African clawless otter
Cameroon clawless otter
North american otter
La plata otter
Common otter
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
Giant brazilian otter

Dolphins, porpoises, and whales

Blind river dolphin


African elephant


African grass rat
Guinea multimammate mouse
Natal multimammate mouse
Pygmy mouse
Rufous-nosed rats
Ghana rufous-nosed rat

Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows

American manatee
African manatee

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