Moody Gardens Aquarium

The Gulf of Mexico

Our backyard ocean

The vast, warm, bountiful Gulf of Mexico is as complex as its 250 million-year history. Along its edge, rivers and lush wetlands interrupt sandy beaches. Offshore, an extensive, resource-rich continental shelf rims the basin. At the shelf’s edge ancient limestone cliffs drop onto dark abyssal plains. The Gulf has shaped its people and people have shaped today’s Gulf. Venture into this familiar and fascinating ocean in your backyard.


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