Ocean Currents

Meet Some of the Most Gloriously Colorful Creatures in the Ocean

A rainbow of wildlife lies just beneath the waves

Mandarinfish - Luc Viatour : Wikimedia Commons
© Luc Viatour / Wikimedia Commons

The world is an unbelievably colorful place, and with our ocean covering over 70% of Earth’s surface, it probably comes as no surprise that many of the magnificent creatures who call the seas home are vibrant beyond belief. From spectacular sea sheep to brilliant bobtail squid and beyond, these species are ones climb to the top of the list when it comes to the most colorful creatures beneath the surface of the waves.

Emperor Angelfish

(Pomacanthus imperator)

Emperor Angelfish Public Domain
Public Domain

Clown Triggerfish

(Balistoides conspicillum)

National Aquarium
© National Aquarium


(Synchiropus splendidus)

Scuba Diver Life
© Scuba Diver Life

Sea Sheep

(Costasiella kuroshimae)

Sea sheep Jim Lynn
© Jim Lynn

Rainbow Parrotfish

(Scarus guacamaia)

© Clark University Department of Biology



© Anita Gardener

Picasso Triggerfish

(Rhinecanthus aculeatus)

Adrian Pingstone : public domain
© Adrian Pingstone / Public Domain

Powder Blue Tang

(Acanthurus leucosternon)

Powder blue tang (Acanthurus leucosternon)
© Martin Harvey

Hawaiian Bobtail Squid

(Euprymna scolopes)

Mark Norman : CC BY
© Mark Norman / CCBY

Daisy Parrotfish

(Chlorurus sordidus)

Daisy Parrotfish - Kalus M. Stiefel
© Klaus M. Stiefel

Queen Angelfish

(Holacanthus ciliaris)

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© Lyn Hardy

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