Long Island Aquarium’s Shipwreck/Artificial Reef Exhibit features a variety of fish frequently found on, or around, shipwrecks, including grouper, angelfish, and lionfish (Pterois volitans).
Shipwrecks provide a hospitable environment for a variety of marine life. The walls, rooms, and compartments of a sunken ship provide protection against currents, light, and predators, allowing fish to thrive. At the same time, they offer hiding places for fish looking to ambush prey.
Long Island Aquarium’s Coral Reef Exhibit is one of the largest all-living, closed-system Coral Reef display in the Western hemisphere.
Thirty feet long, the 20,000-gallon exhibit depicts a natural reef ecosystem, including a reef wall, crest, terrace, and back reef.
Our live Coral Reef exhibit incorporates both stony and soft corals, as well as anemones and coralline algae. It also features approximately 800 types of fish and other marine life. Marine life such as tangs, wrasses, gobies, angelfish, sea cucumbers, snails, crabs, and sea urchins.
The size and diversity of this living Coral Reef provides a unique view of natural aquatic behaviors, as different types of fish play their natural role in the complete, self-sustaining reef ecosystem.