Get a brand new view of our newest exhibit—the 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling, Indo-Pacific coral reef community. 

Experience the reef from a fish’s point of view! Immerse yourself in the Indo-Pacific with this 360° video.

Click on the video below to expand the screen and move the cursor around to experience life in the most happening coral community at the New England Aquarium.

360 ° Video: Indo-Pacific Coral Reef

Habitat

This exhibit represents an Indo-Pacific coral reef. The coral was handmade and painted by Aquarium artists. The habitat inside is so accurate that it can be hard to tell it isn’t real! Coral reefs are found throughout the Earth’s tropical and subtropical oceans. Indo-Pacific coral reefs comprise the tropical waters off the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean.

indo-pacific coral reef

Conservation Context

Appreciated for their beauty and spectacular biodiversity, coral reefs are also critical components to ocean health. They are nurseries to thousands of fish species, many of which could not survive without these unique habitats. Earth’s coral reefs support more than 4,000 species of fishes, 800 types of hard corals, and hundreds of other species of marine life. Those found in the Indo-Pacific are more diverse and complex than anywhere else in the world!
Unfortunately, coral reefs are rapidly disappearing worldwide, primarily due to climate change and other human impacts. The loss of coral reefs to bleaching has dire consequences for marine animals and humans alike. Coral reefs have the best chance to adapt if humans slow climate change and reduce other human-caused stresses.