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Fish Party

Our Fish Party is called “Fish Tales and Ocean Oddballs,” and features live fish, of course, but also a few surprises like ocean invertebrates and even an ocean going turtle! Thie Fish Party is designed, like all our programs, to be fun AND educational. We believe, and we have made it our practice for over 20 years, that learning can be enjoyable. There is no reason why both can not be included in a birthday party atmosphere.

Most people think a fish is just a fish! But with 30,000 species, there are about twice as many of them as birds, (10,000 species) and mammals, (5,400 species) combined! They are amazingly diverse from tiny riverine species that one sees in a creek to a whale shark, 45 ft long; some are venomous, like lionfish, some are poisonous, like puffer fish; many are economically important to humans as food, like tuna, salmon, trout, swordfish, anchovies and sardines; they live in the very hot waters of the tropics to the very cold waters of Antarctica and not all of them have to breathe water!

What is amazing to us is that we are the only ones that offer a Fish Party! With all the aquariums and all the possibilities fish offer you would think it would be more popular!

Squalus Tentaculatus

Fish Party Animals Included in

Fish Tales and Ocean Oddballs

Fish Party

This very attractive fish is known as a Lunare Wrasse. The word Wrasse comes from “wrath” in old Cornish, which means an old woman or hag. it is assumed that’s a comment on a few of this family’s faces? The family is a world wide reef fish, many known for their cleaning relationships with larger fish. People now import them both for fish tank decoration but also for salmon farms where they are used to clean the salmon of sea lice!

Spotted trunk fish

Fish Party

The odd Elephant Nose Fish is an African River fish with some surprises. That big nose isn’t a nose, it’s a mouth that probes for food in the soil. More surprising is that this fish uses a kind of electric field to find its way. It has an electricity producing organ in its tail and 2 holes, (foveas) in its head that can read the signals.–Have a look at the chart.

electroreception in elephant nose fish

The fish’s tail sends out waves of electrical energy which it’s head then reads. Conductive objects, like rocks and fish, bend the wave and may then be found.

scorpion fish

fish ocean birthday party

Yes, the southeast Asian Clown Loach looks cute, but he carries a concealed weapon! Under each cheek is a barb that swings out when fish, or fingers, get too close. It is not uncommon to find these loaches lounging on their sides in plants or inside tank furniture, further adding to their appeal.


Fish Party

The Chocolate Sea Star, is not a star fish. But only because there is no such thing as a star fish! Named hundreds of years ago when science was a baby, these animals have absolutely nothing to do with fish! They’re amazing creatures though! They regrow body parts, shove their internal organs out through their mouths and have enough power to open oysters and clams.


Fish Party

The Halloween Crab would probably love trick-or-treating, for as with most crabs, it picks through the left overs and the dead on the beach, looking for tasty morsels. It is technically a land crab, but it must return to the ocean every year to breed.-So he’s not a fish, but he’s certainly dressed for the fish party!


Fish Party

The Diamondback Terrapin isn’t a sea turtle, though it does brave the ocean occasionally, a sea turtle would have flippers like a seal. It is much more at home in the salt marsh where the water stays mildly salty but not as strong as in the ocean. The Terrapin is a native of New Jersey and New York states. They can be found crossing the Garden State Parkway every year, in the spring, to lay eggs above the high water line. We have rescued many of these beautiful turtles from highways all over coastal central New Jersey. He’s certainly not a fish! for a Fish Party, but keep the Ocean Oddballs part in mind!


Fish Party

“Finding Nemo” made a popular little fish into a giant star. (Not a giant star-fish!) Our fish don’t speak as they do in the movies, but they can live unharmed in the tentacles of their anemones. Interestingly they cannot live in any other anemones. Amazing to think that these tiny fish could become ambassadors for ocean conservation across the world. And no Fish Party should be without one!


Fish Party

This weird looking Fish Party creature is an African Lungfish. This ancient fish has both gills and lungs to survive, if needed, in either an air or water environment. Their normal habitat is the Nile River system which is subject to a drought and flood seasonal change. If the fish is caught in a pool that dries out, it can simply get up, and walk to the next pool! We will demonstrate this for you by putting the lungfish on a table and, using our magnification camera, watch as it switches from a water breather to an air breather. To call what these fish do “walking” is probably an over statement, but he will slither about a bit, so you’ll get the idea.



This is the piece of tech that makes a Fish Party possible, and why no one else can do it! Our magnification video camera will allow everyone see details at 50 times their actual size. Looking into the monitor of this camera is a better view than having the animal in your hand.

Prices for Fish Party

Fish Tales and Ocean Oddballs

 North NJ (201,973,908,)                                                                    $375

 Central NJ & SI (732, 609, 856, 718 excluding so NJ)         $375

 South NY, LI(845, 914,  516, 631)                                                 $375

  NYC(212, 718, 917, 646, 347)                                                         $475

 No. PA (Delaware Valley),                                                                 $375

 CT (203)                                                                                                     $375

 Philly & South NJ (Atlantic, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland)   $375


Book Our Fish Party

Fish Tales and Ocean Oddballs

Call Bill at 973-248-9964

What? You did this last year! How about a Bug Party?


Author Bill Boesenberg


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