Take a closer look at the Red Sea coral reef through our intricate exhibit, in the park, on the mainland.
This highly detailed and large replica of Eilats’ incredible coral reef is set in a brilliant circular aquarium, which showcases different habitats inside the reef.
The replica is so special because it holds both live corals and spectacular fish from the reef itself.
The Red Sea Coral Reef is the Northernmost reef in the world.
Watch 'reef residents' eating an early lunch:
It's hard to miss this strikingly beautiful fish. With its majestic purple color, the Purple Tang stands out in our Red Sea Reef display.
Like all surgeon fish, purple tangs have sharp spines on either side (like surgeon's knives) that it extends when in danger.
The Cleaner fish has a white body with a black stripe that stretches along its length.
As the name suggests, the Cleaner fish has an important job of decontaminating the reef fish from parasites, by eating them!
This is one of the largest members of the Wrasse family and reaches up to 80 cm in length.
As these fish age, both their physical appearance and habits change.
The younger fish have glowing orange spots that turn dark green with two bright bands of lines as they mature. They also prefer to live in small schools until they reach adulthood and take on a more solitary life.
At night they bury into the sand to protect themselves from predators,mainly eating molluscs and crustacean, which is a great help to reducing the number of coral predators on the reef.
The Threadfin Butterfly Fish lives at the foot of the reef around coral colonies and feeds on coral polyps.
As a young fish, they have an appearance that protects them, with a false eye on their tail, meant to confuse predators.
Can you tell which end of the fish has the real eye?
Threadfin Butterfly fish live a solitary life until maturity and are easily identified by the long trailing cord on its soft dorsal fin.
Known for ther hard skin and strong spike on their backs which they use to lock themselves into reef crevices during the dark. This also helps when they are trying to hide from predators.
Picasso fish live in pairs, with regular mates. During breeding seasons they are known to be very aggressive, they dig a niche in the sand, lay their eggs and cover them.
Clownfish, also known as anemonefish.
These beautiful fish are best known for their give-and-take relationships with sea anemones. These two sea animals support the lives of each in a symbiotic relationship that most human couples would envy!
The sea anemones provide the Clownfish with protection, a hiding place and a safe shelter for their eggs with powerful venemous arms.
In return the Clownfish attract approaching fish for prey, attack predators, clean the anemones and provide food with the leftovers from their meals.
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