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Photos: 2012 aSCAREium on 27 October

Photos: 2012 aSCAREium on 27 October By Ingrid Sinclair / 31 October 2012

On Saturday 27 October 2012, sea fans big and small arrived at the Two Oceans Aquarium in their Halloween best for the aSCAREium, a night of mystery, magic and … gooey stuff.

Click here for the full 2012 aSCAREium photo gallery.

Let your animals meet ours: Razorfish

Let your animals meet ours: Razorfish 24 October 2012

Cutting through the waters of the deep with razor-sharp precision is an intriguing marine fish species: the razorfish.

This small, thin, almost transparent fish is wrapped in bony plates that come together in a sharp ridge along the belly almost like that of a razor, hence the name, and which extend to form a sharp point at the tail.

Let your animals meet ours: Longhorn cowfish

Let your animals meet ours: Longhorn cowfish 22 October 2012

Cute they may be, but longhorn cowfish are not to be stressed in any way by bright lights, sudden movement or loud sounds, as they produce a deadly toxin. A nervous bunch? Maybe, but it is a foolproof self-preservation method.

Recognisable by the long horns on its head – like a cow – the longhorn cowfish is a type of boxfish, which are known for the hexagonal patterns on their skin.

Cowfish are omnivorous in nature, so enjoy tasty morsels of algae, molluscs, small crustaceans and microorganisms.

They are found primarily in coral reefs at depths of between 1m and 45m, but have been known to live at depths of around 100m.

Let your animals meet ours: Giant spider crabs

Let your animals meet ours: Giant spider crabs 19 October 2012

Few ocean creatures look as fierce, yet are as delicate as the giant spider crab – and what a pleasure to watch them move their long, graceful legs.

These spider-like critters are the largest crustaceans in the world and males can grow to approximately one metre in length. Unfortunately, very little is known about the biology of giant spider crabs and it is virtually impossible to determine their age. However, they are thought to live up to 100 years old.

Let your animals meet ours: Hagfish

Let your animals meet ours: Hagfish 17 October 2012

Our ocean is filled with an array of creatures, some aesthetically pleasing and others less so, but they are all fascinating to discover, research and encounter.