The fish of Bermuda may be sporting to the angler, delicious to the gourmet, and challenging to the ichthyologist, but to many it is sufficient that they are enchanting to look at. Few places in the world can challenge their variety in color, size, numbers and markings, and William Beebe selected Bermuda as his base for several years when he was observing marine life in his famed bathysphere.
Authoritative books, pamphlets and monographs are available in the Library on the Colony's marine life, but most visitors find that the descriptions above the tanks in the world-famous Aquarium adequately answer their questions. Tropical marine fish in the Aquarium range from the gay sergeant major with his dainty chevrons to the awesome green moray, a combination eel and sea-going sloth. There are gorgeous blue and gold angel fish that compete in coloring with the queen trigger. There are cow fish, sharks, sea horses (who carry the babies in a pouch), squirrel fish and spotted hind, many of which are collected within a few miles of the Hamilton city limits. They are displayed in their native surroundings with fascinating sea anemone, brain coral, and shells for background.
The Aquarium is a must, but so is a trip to the Sea Gardens. Visitors are taken from Hamilton or Darrell's Wharf by ferry to the reefs and then transferred to little glass-bottom boats to see the dramatic marine life and a "growing" coral reef.