Join the Seattle Aquarium for Winter Fishtival, where we’ll feature different sea animals and fun activities each day. January 2 is devoted to the coral reef. Did you know that coral isn’t a plant—it’s actually an animal, related to sea anemones and jellyfish? Keep reading for a few fun facts about corals, then join us at the Seattle Aquarium on January 2 to learn more!
Most corals are colonial, which means they live in colonies. So what looks like a single animal may actually be composed of hundreds and hundreds of coral specimens. And, for many varieties, if a fragment of coral is broken off, it can keep living—and even form the basis for a whole new colony if conditions are right.
Corals aren’t found solely in tropical waters (although the world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, is located in the warm waters in the Coral Sea off Australia). Coral lives in waters all around the world, including right here in Puget Sound. Visit our Puget Sound Fish exhibit to see examples of our local coral species and our Pacific Coral Reef exhibit to see tropical varieties.