Early Closure Alert!
The Aquarium will close two hours early on Wednesday, December 24. Last entry at 3pm; exhibits close at 4pm. The Aquarium will be closed on December 25.

Pacific Coral Reef

Take a virtual trip to the beautiful waters of the tropical Pacific

Coral Reef

Discover the vibrant array of life on a coral reef in the Pacific Ocean. Our 25,000-gallon community exhibit demonstrates the structure of the reef fish community, one of the most complex on earth. Watch in wonder as a beautiful variety of warm-water fish – puffers, tangs, wrasses, triggerfish and more – swim through our large, man-made coral reef. You may even see Aquarium divers entering the exhibit to feed the fish!

As you progress through the wraparound exhibit, you’ll have the opportunity to view numerous habitats that exist at different depths in a single reef – each respective depth contains a unique assortment of the brightly hued creatures that dwell in the Pacific’s warmer waters.

Smaller displays on the walls opposite the main exhibit offer more snapshots into life on the reef – including some truly stupendous giant clams and a beautiful garden of coral, much of it developed through our in-house propagation program. Throughout the exhibit, video screens describe different aspects of reef life and the dangers humans pose to this delicate habitat.

>> ENVIRONMENTS REPRESENTED
Tropical Pacific Ocean
>> MARINE CREATURES YOU ARE LIKELY TO SEE IN THIS EXHIBIT

GIANT CLAMS

Giant clams can weigh more
than 440 pounds and have
an average lifespan of
more than 100 years.

PUFFERS

Pufferfish are able to inflate
into a ball shape to evade
predators. Some even
have spines on their skin.

TANGS

Part of the Acanthuridae
family which includes
about 80 types of fish
living in tropical seas,
usually around coral reefs.

WRASSES

The Wrasses are one of
the largest family of
fishes with more than
600 species - and contain
the most diverse variety.

TRIGGERFISH

Some triggerfish species can
be quite aggressive when
guarding their eggs and
viciously defend against
intruders, including people.

AND LOTS MORE!