Tropical Fish at the Maui Ocean Center at Ma'alaea
Maui Ocean Center
Coral World International is the anchor for the Maui Ocean Center. This Hawaiian Aquarium is Hawaii's top rated family attraction. Many activities and educational opportunities have arisen out of the presence of Coral World International here on Maui. The company’s website explains that it has two decades of experience in developing and showcasing undersea observatories in the Western Hemisphere and the Red Sea.
There is also a Coral World Marine Park in Australia, Israel, Spain, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands (USA) and here on Maui.
The Maui Ocean Center has not only hundreds of individual fish, but also invertebrates, marine mammals and reptiles. The saltwater aquarium fish and marine tropical fish are located in 60 exhibits at the Maui Ocean Center. The center is located at 192 Maalaea Road in Wailuku.
The invertebrates at the Maui Ocean Center include moon jellies, octopus, oval squid, rice coral, sponges and at least 15 other kinds of invertebrates. Please have a look at the extensive list on the Maui Ocean Center’s website.
The center also has several kinds of whales and dolphins. These mammals are an amazing sight to see. There are spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Hawaiian monk seals and the whales; huge and intelligent.
Did You Know This?
One of the smallest little creatures in one of the tropical fish tanks is the mo o lio. That is the Hawaiian name. He is also known as Fisher’s Seahorse. There are male and female seahorses and all are monogamous for at least one breeding season. Some are monogamous for life. Even more interesting than that, perhaps, is the fact that the males of all seahorse species become pregnant and give birth to a hundred or more baby seahorses.
You can read this information and much more at the Maui Ocean Center’s website.
Mo o lio or Fisher's Seahorse
I took all of these photographs during my last visit to the Maui Ocean Center. You can see the saltwater aquarium fish – all of the marine tropical fish – in the tropical fish tanks and tropical fish aquariums. Many of the exotic tropical fish species glide directly above the visitors’ heads. It's an eerie kind of wonderful. It’s a whole different world when you are looking at aquarium tropical fish – in other words, saltwater fish – from just a few feet from the creatures themselves.
Manta Ray, Pufferfish, All of Them Rotate Back into the Ocean
The Shark Dive Maui is a very unique experience for scuba divers who want some hair-raising moments. The cost is $199.00 per dive. The dive itself is 30 to 40 minutes and takes place in the 750 gallon exhibit called the Open Ocean Exhibit. Due to the rotation of animals back into the ocean, you might see completely different kinds of sharks and fish during different months. The animals or fish you might see on any dive are Tiger shark, hammerhead shark, blacktip reef shark, grey reef shark, whitetip reef shark, sandbar shark, spotted eagle ray, broad stingray, and dozens of species of tropical reef and pelagic fish.
The Ocean Marine Center does not guarantee you will see each and every one of the animals during a dive. The fish you might see on any given day of a dive are the moray eel, frogfishes, butterfly fishes, Hawaiian Dascyllus, Devil Scorpionfish, Hawkfishes, Fisher’s Seahorse, Flame Angels, Hammerhead Shark, Pacific Blue Marlin, Pufferfish, Reef Triggerfish, Tiger Shark, Whale Shark, Whitetip Reef Shark, Trumpet Fish, Grouper, Manta Ray, Flowery Flounder, Great Barracuda, Broad Stingray, Parrot Fish and several other kinds of fish. Please see the lists on the website of The Maui Ocean Center. The link is provided below this article.
For those of us who have no desire to swim with these creatures or feel the water move as they swim by and look us over, we can view all of them in their magnificence by standing on the other side of the acrylic windows.
It's a beautiful world at the Maui Ocean Center and all the more so when we realize great care is taken to rotate most of these living creatures back to the sea within a reasonable time period.
Maui Ocean Center's website
- Maui Ocean Center | The Hawaiian Aquarium | Maui Family Activity | (808) 270-7000
Check out the activities available at the Maui Ocean Center. Click on some of their interesting questions on the site and be surprised by the answers.
Shark Dive at Maui Ocean Center
© 2010 Pamela Dapples