The unchallenged star of the exhibit is Myrtle the green sea turtle. Myrtle has lived at the Aquarium since June of 1970 —some of our adult visitors remember seeing her when they first came to the Aquarium as children. Myrtle shares the Giant Ocean Tank with more than 1,000 animals. There are dozens of new fish species, including scrawled filefish, midnight parrotfish, trumpetfish, guitarfish and yellow goatfish as well as favorites that were in the exhibit before, such as Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles, barracuda, stingrays, moray eels and hundreds of colorful reef fishes.
The Giant Ocean Tank is a Caribbean coral reef exhibit. The coral was handmade and painted by Aquarium artists. The habitat inside has more than 3,000 carefully sculpted coral elements, and it is so accurate that it can be hard to tell it isn't real. Coral reefs are found throughout the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans. Tropical Atlantic coral reefs, such as the one represented in the Giant Ocean Tank, extend as far north as the Bahamas. Aquarium divers and researchers go on regular expeditions to these habitats. Check out their posts from the field on the Bahamas Expeditions Blog and Global Explorers Blog.
This new exhibit area at the top of the Giant Ocean Tank gives visitors a closer look at a hidden world filled with unique coral reef animals. See gently swaying garden eels, grinning moray eels and batfish! Learn more.