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There is much to discover in this colorful paradise

Tropical Pacific Gallery

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The entrance to the Tropical Pacific Gallery is located on the Aquarium's second floor.

The Tropical Reef exhibit represents habitats found in the archipelago of Palau.

The leafy sea dragon is found in shallow waters off southern Australia's coast.

Live corals, like this carnation coral, are colonies of tiny animals.

The Aquarium's Tropical Pacific Gallery represents environments like those found in Micronesia.

Visitors can spot olive Ridley sea turtles, zebra sharks, rays, and tropical fish through the Tropical Reef exhibit window.

Map of the Tropical Pacific Gallery

Featuring Over a Thousand Colorful Fish

The warm, 80-degree waters of Micronesia contain an astounding 2,100 islands. Palau, the westernmost section of the Micronesian islands, runs north to south, covering approximately 125 miles.

Considered by many to be among the most beautiful in the world, Palau’s waters contain an incredible diversity of coral, fish, and other colorful marine life. The 16 exhibits in the Aquarium’s Tropical Pacific Gallery represent the beautiful marine life you would find off the coast of Palau.

The Tropical Reef Habitat, which can be viewed from three locations in the gallery, is the Aquarium’s largest exhibit. Holding 350,000 gallons of water, this exhibit features over a thousand colorful fish and beautiful coral, including sea turtles, zebra and blacktip reef sharks, porcupine puffers, and a large blue Napoleon or humphead wrasse.

The Tropical Pacific Gallery also features our seahorses and sea dragons. True to their descriptive names, both the leafy and weedy sea dragons have an almost surreal appearance characterized by unusual appendages that allow them to deftly camouflage themselves in seaweed. The Aquarium made husbandry history by being the first Aquarium in the world to successfully breed weedy sea dragon babies.

The Tropical Pacific Gallery also displays venomous creatures, groupers, clownfish, and the only exhibit with live coral in the Aquarium. There is much to discover in this colorful paradise, such as daily dive and feeding presentations and opportunities to learn about the many species of fish that are able to change genders and others with remarkable camouflage and defense capabilities.

Tropical Pacific Gallery

Tropical Pacific Gallery

Seahorses and Seadragons

Seahorses and seadragons, as well as pipefish and ribbonfish, are all in the family Syngnathidae, which contains more than 200 species.

Tropical Pacific Gallery

Webcam: Ribbon Dragons

Despite its common name these animals are not true seadragons but rather pipefish. They live in the shallow tropical seas of Australia and Indonesia. They use their prehensile tails to attach to seagrass while searching for prey, consisting mostly of planktonic crustaceans. The ribbon dragon is similar to the Rainbow Serpent depicted in ancient Aboriginal drawings that date back to 6,000 years ago.

Tropical Pacific Gallery

Webcam: Tropical Reef

This exhibit represents the famous Blue Corner off the coast of Palau. This area, lush and abundant with life, is considered one of the most beautiful dive sites in the world.

Tropical Pacific Gallery

Webcam: Anthias and Wrasse Exhibit

This colorful exhibit features anthias and wrasses, fish with very interesting life histories.