How to make your own glow-in-the-dark deep sea fish

24 07 2013

Background information: Ocean creatures that live in the deep ocean where there is no light often carry a light source of their own. Sometimes, they have special cells that can make light the way fireflies do. Just as often, the light comes from bacteria that live in and on the sea creatures. For example, the flashlight fish has light spots beneath its eyes. These spots are home to millions of luminescent bacteria. The bacteria get nourishment from the fish and the fish gets to have light. Light is important for catching food. Also, light can aid in confusing larger predators.

For this art project, you will need:

-Black paper


-Glow in the Dark paint

-Hole puncher



  1. Cut out a shape of a fish from the black piece of paperImage
  2. Decorate the fish with the glow-in-the-dark paintIMG_0436
  3. Wait for the paint to dry
  4. Hole punch a hole on the top of the fish & tie a string in itImage
  5. Hold your fish up to the light to charge it upImage
  6. Hang your fish, turn the lights off and watch it swim & flow!Image

Our Fish Need Names!

7 03 2012

Here at the Museum, we have our own fish aquarium! Right now we have a lot of fish in our tank, all of which are currently unnamed. This is where you come in! We are asking for your help in  naming all of our fish. So from the Angel to the Harrys and from the Jaws to the Zoe’s send us your favorite names and you never know, your idea might be chosen for one of our fish.

Here are just a few of our fish to chose from! What should we name them?

Did you know?

–          The largest fish is the whale shark, which can reach up to fifty feet in lenght!

–          There are some species of fish that can fly? (well, glide at least)

–          That fish sleep with their eyes open!

Fish Jokes!!

–          What do you call a fish with no eyes?  – Fsh!

–          What is stranger than seeing a Cat Fish?  – A Fish Bowl!

–          Why are fish so easy to weigh?  – Because they have their own scales!

Do you know anymore fish jokes?

Five Minute Fish

To create a five minute fish, all you need to find is a paper plate, colored paint, some colored paper and glue!

This is such a simple craft that you could soon own an entire school of fish!

First: Cut out shapes from colored paper to resemble the fish mouth, tail and fins.

Second: Cut out an eye for your fish.

Third: Decorate the body of your fish.

Do this as many times as you like, decorating them in whichever way you want!

  • Make it even easier by simply cutting out a triangle for the fishes mouth and taping it to the other end to create a tail!

While creating this project, we were reminded of some of our favorite fishy tale stories. These include The Rainbow Fish, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and of course Finding Nemo!

What are some of your favorite underwater stories? 

Under the Sea!

11 07 2008

Grab your snorkel, this week we went on an underwater adventure at Under the Sea camp. We were scuba divers exploring the ocean floor and learning all about the marine life that lives beneath the water’s surface. For instance, did you know that Killer Whales are not actually whales? They’re actually the largest type of dolphin!Today we learned all about fish. From tiny clownfish to 700 pound Marlin, we met them all! We took on the role of marine biologists and studied the anatomy of a real fish, which was really interesting, but also really smelly! We observed the fins along the sides, top and bottom of our specimen and learned that fish use their fins to swim through the water and change directions while they are swimming.

Next time you go to your local zoo, aquarium, pet store or just in your home aquarium, you should pay close attention to the fins of the fish. Which fins seem to move the most? How does the shape of the fin affect the way it swims?We also made colorful fish imprints from the scales of a real fish! Then we ventured out into the museum and observed real live fish swimming around in the aquarium. Some were big and some were small, some had stripes and were decorated in vibrant, tropical colors. We drew pictures of our favorite aquatic friends to take home to our parents. What’s your favorite fish?