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.
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.
Meet Some Reef Residents
Tomato clownfish (Amphiprion frenatus) live in anemones and are immune to its stinging tentacles.
Longnose butterflyfish (Forcipiger longirostris) pairs stay together by focusing on their partner’s false eyespot.
The orangespine unicornfish (Naso lituratus) is sometimes known as a "clown surgeonfish" or "lipstick tang" because of its bright coloring.