Find some of the most beautiful and colourful fish of the world in our tropical tanks. From vibrant corals, our displays span across the whole Equator.
Tropical oceans encircle Earth in an equatorial band between the Tropic of Cancer (23.5° North latitude) and the Tropic of Capricorn (23.5° South latitude). * The central portions of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and most of the Indian Ocean lie in the tropics.
One of the key features that make up these tropical environments are coral reefs. Coral reefs provide an important ecosystem for marine life, offering food and shelter among their crevices and branches for animals including fishes, molluscs, sea urchins and sponges. These reefs thrive in warm and clear water and rely heavily on the sun to grow. Many Fish use corals as a home as they can remain hidden from larger predators that patrol the tropical seas like hammerhead sharks.
Global warming is causing the water temperature to rise which has a dangerous effect on corals as they expel the algae (zooxanthellae) living in their tissues causing the coral to turn completely white. This is known as coral bleaching and although they may not die from this it can make it really difficult for coral to grow and reproduce.
Current Water Temp26 / 78
Climate / Biome
In This Exhibit
70 Species | 14 Tanks
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