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Tropical Pacific Gallery

Featuring over a thousand colorful fish the 16 exhibits in the Aquarium’s Tropical Pacific Gallery represent the beautiful marine life you would find off the coast of Palau.

face of sea turtle

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 sharks, porcupine puffers, and a large blue Napoleon or humphead wrasse.

The Tropical Pacific Gallery also displays venomous creatures, groupers, clownfish, and many exhibits 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 sexes and others with remarkable camouflage and defense capabilities.

Tropical Pacific Gallery entrance

The entrance to the Tropical Pacific Gallery is located on the Aquarium's second floor. Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Many colored fish and shark in a tank

The Tropical Reef exhibit represents habitats found in the archipelago of Palau. Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

leafy sea dragon

The leafy sea dragon (Phycodurus eques) is found in shallow waters off southern Australia's coast. Credit: © Greg Rothschild

Carnation Coral

Live corals, like this carnation coral, are colonies of tiny animals. Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Aerial view of tropical islands

View from the air of a chain of tropical islands. The Aquarium's Tropical Pacific Gallery represents environments like those found in Micronesia. Credit: Stock

large exhibit window with people in front

Visitors can spot olive Ridley sea turtles, zebra sharks, rays, and tropical fish through the Tropical Reef exhibit window. Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma