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.

The coral structure in our new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit was handmade and painted by Aquarium artists. The habitat inside is so accurate that it can be hard to tell it isn’t real. Check out this behind-the-scenes time-lapse video to see how our Aquarium artists made the amazing coral structures in our new Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit.

Behind the Scenes: Making an Artificial Reef

The Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Exhibit

This 9,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling, concave habitat highlights one of the most happening neighborhoods in the ocean: an Indo-Pacific coral reef.

It also offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate the similarities and differences with the Caribbean coral reef featured in our four-story Giant Ocean Tank and a dazzling setting to engage the public about climate change impacts on coral reefs around the globe.

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.