Wander through our magical Underwater Tunnel to see stunning sea creatures – big and small – up close. You get to experience the heart of a coral reef filled with colourful sea anemones and corals. Spot the sharks, rays and tropical fish who call this reef home, as they swim over your head. There’s also a special floor-to-ceiling viewing window at the end of the tunnel.
Here are just a few of the fantastic sea creatures you can marvel at…
Come face-to-face with beautifully patterned leopard sharks. Traditionally found along the Pacific coast of North America, these sharks are known for their distinctive dark spots, fish-like snouts, and long bodies (they can grow up to 6 feet long). They are quite nocturnal creatures and are most happy lying on the seabed during the day – so you might have to look closely for them!
Did you know that rays are closely related to sharks? There are a number of friendly-faced rays in the tunnel, including blonde rays and thornback rays. Watch as they glide through the waters. You’ll be able to see the backs and bellies of these fascinating creatures – look out for the different species’ markings and their smiley faces!
The underwater tunnel is alive with plenty of brightly coloured tropical fish. Keep an eye out for the vibrantly striped oriental sweetlips, the glowing orange ‘Nemo’ clownfish, the vivid blue ‘Dory’ tang fish, the incredible pufferfish, the unique longhorn unicorn fish, and plenty more. How many different fish species can you spot?
Life in a Coral Reef
You can view our Underwater Tunnel from above by heading to our Coral Seas zone upstairs. Immerse yourself in this bustling undersea city by visiting both exhibitions! Meet all of these fascinating creatures by booking your tickets online for a special discounted rate.
Caution! Our floor surfaces change throughout the aquarium. For safety reasons we advise visitors not to wear stiletto heels during their visit.