Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo

Life on a Rim Reef

A dazzling aquamarine dream


The reef sparkles with life
The rim reef dazzles with plants and animals in all shapes, sizes and colours. Among brain corals are flowery anemones, red or blue sponges and spiky rock scallops. You may see brilliant stoplight parrotfish munching on algae or damselfish busily protecting their territories. Above the reef, silvery barracuda and bar jacks scan for prey.


More hidden within
A coral reef isn’t solid. It’s a maze of cracks, crevices, tunnels and caves that offers refuge from predators, wave surge and bright sunlight. On the underside of corals lives a tiny single-celled animal (the red foram) that makes a lovely pink shell. Broken bits of this shell give Bermuda sands their rosy colour.


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