Meet the colorful creatures that inhabit the dramatic beauty of Florida’s reefs from French angel fish and damsels, spotfin butterfly fish and hogfish, to name just a few. Enjoy the shocking colors and fascinating features, but beware the nearby sting-y sea nettles and jellyfish. Learn how coral reefs are doing in the wild, and how Mote scientists are working on restoration projects that will help bring them back from the brink.
Next to the reef, you’ll find more Florida natives: toadfish and scorpionfish. Also spiny and slipper lobsters, so unlike their red cousins from Maine.
And don’t miss the delicate seahorses – born and raised at The Aquarium at Mote. Did you know that male seahorses actually give birth to the young?