Creatures from the Reef
Meet the colorful creatures that inhabit the dramatic beauty
reefs: 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 sting-y sea nettles and jellyfish.
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 Mote Aquarium. Did you know that male seahorses actually give birth to the young?
Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, we incorporate public outreach as a key part of our mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.