If the hills and forests of Andhra Pradesh boast of wonderful wildlife, its pristine beaches hold beautiful marine life. The state’s long coastline has some of the country’s most stunning beaches whose azure waters hold a variety of marine life. If you are fascinated by aquatic creatures, then these are the places where you can spot them. Come mingle with your new sea friends.

Marine Fish Museum

Housed in the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Visakhapatnam Regional Centre, near Beach Road there are over 300 marine species and fish preserved her in chemical solution. A good place to bring your children too for an educational tour of Marine Fish Museum housed in the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Visakhapatnam Regional Centre, near Beach Road.Marine Fish Museum housed in the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Visakhapatnam Regional Centre, near Beach Road.star fish, sea horse, crabs, lobsters, croakers and groupers on display. Soon there will be a endangered species from east coast on display too such as horseshoe crab (found only in Odisha-Bengal), sharks, electric ray to name a few, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to spot marine life on the shore. Entry is free and it attracts about 1000 visitors annually.

Beaches Dotting Visakhapatnam’s Coastline

Your best bet to watch marine life in action if you are a water baby is to head to beaches of Vizag like Bheemunipatnam, Yarada, Mangamaripeta beach and others. These have been a source of tourist inflow because of water and adventure sports including scuba diving. Get your beach wear ready for a journey down under and watch a family of aquatic life along with their kith and kin live in all their glory like jellyfish, olive ridley turtles, clownfish, the occasional dolphin, electric rays, fishes of all sizes and lobsters too!

Hope Island

And if you prefer to stick to sun and sand, Hope Island off the coast of Kakinada in the Bay of Bengal is where you can spot the infamous but endangered Olive Ridley turtles that come here to nest. Watch these aquatic creatures walk along the sandy shores of this beach island along with their marine friends- red crabs - that add a dash of color to these shores.

 

POPULAR MARINE LIFE IN ANDHRA

OLIVE RIDLEY TURTLES

DOLPHINS

JELLYFISH

ELECTRIC RAY

FISH

“The state’s long coastline has some of the country’s most stunning beaches whose azure waters hold a variety of marine life.”