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National Aquarium – Atlantic Coral Reef

Atlantic Coral Reef

Nearly 1000 colorful tropical fish swim and school on an authentic fabricated reef in this 335,000-gallon, 13-foot-deep exhibit. Almost 100 species exotic fish surround visitors as they descend through the exhibit. Divers feed the reef’s fish several times each day.

Animals in This Exhibit

  • Bonnethead Shark

    While many of our visitors point and declare “hammerhead!” when they see this shark cruising through the exhibit, the bonnethead shark is easily distinguished from its much larger cousin.

    Bonnethead shark
  • Green Moray Eel

    The green moray is actually brown! The yellow tint of the mucus that covers its body, in combination with the drab background color, gives the fish its namesake green appearance.

    Green Moray Eel
  • Spotfin Porcupinefish

    Like most pufferfish, the spotfin porcupinefish can draw in water to inflate itself. When it does, sharp spines on its body stick out, which is how it got its name.

    National Aquarium – Porcupine Fish

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