Archer Fish at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham hit the bullseye to celebrate the release of the Jungle Book movie!

With jungle fever in the air ahead of the anticipated release of Disney’s The Jungle Book, creatures in the special Jungle Tank at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham just cannot contain their excitement.

In the run up to the release of the movie and always looking to entertain guests where possible, the shoal of Archer Fish at the attraction has been hitting the bullseye in return for tasty treats.

The Birmingham based attraction set up a target for the fish to aim at. Also on this target was their favourite meal, and when the target gets hit, the water helps the treats slide down into the water, where it was massively enjoyed by the archer company.

Archer Fish, as you may have guessed by the name, have the ability to shoot down their prey with water droplets, using their specialized mouths. This skill means they don’t have to rely on their bare necessities to get by and it also makes them very popular at the centre, and guests often stop by to watch this fascinating feat first hand. Archer Fish’s shooting becomes better with practice but tends to be a highly accurate and sometimes reaches up to three metres!

Archer Fish normally inhabit brackish waters of mangroves and estuaries. Brackish water is made up of both salt water and fresh water. Archer Fish also dwell in open oceans and are relatively small, growing up to 10cm.

Sarah Fletcher, Designer of the Archer Fish enrichment, said:

Although not massively known like some of their fish counterparts, the Archer Fish often attract a lot of attention and rightly so! The way they hunt their prey is something to be admired, and is nothing like anything else in the animal kingdom.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

For regular news, updates and competitions, The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is also on Facebook and Twitter You can also keep up-to-date with what Ginny the Gentoo has to say by following her on twitter at



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