Open 9:30am - 6pm daily. Last entries 5pm. Upcoming Events

Stonefish

The Stonefish is another of Australia's deadly marine creatures and considered to be the most venomous fish in the world.

MAQ Moon Jellies 572x289

Stonefish

As the name suggests, Stonefish can be superbly camouflaged, often looking like an encrusted rock or lump of coral.

While searching for their prey, Stonefish remain still giving the appearance of a rock. This not only helps them to hide from predators, but allows the Stonefish to surprise its prey.

Powerful Protection

When a Stonefish feels threatened or disturbed, it erects 13 poisonous dorsal fin spines as a defence, but remains motionless. The Stonefish’s toxin is released from the spines when pressure is placed on them, for example when a larger fish attacks or a diver steps on them. This venom can be fatal to humans and in some cases has resulted in death.

Did you know?

The venom of a stonefish can kill a human in two hours.

Stonefish Fast Facts:

  • Common Name: Stonefish
  • Scientific Name: Synanceia verrucosa
  • Habitat: Coral reefs or dormant in the mud or sand
  • Diet: Small fish
  • Size: Up to 35cm
  • Range: The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, to far northern New South Wales.
  • Threats: Sharks and rays
  • Conservation Status: Not assessed
See all news
30
Jan
2015
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium Hosts Ocean Fundraising Gala Event
Fundraising with a different tag ... Read More
20
Jan
2015
Egg-cellent start to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Australia Day Long Weekend
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is having a cracking good start to t... Read More
15
Jan
2015
Birthday Bash in The Big Blue
SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium kicked off their 15th Birthday week ... Read More