Islands of Steel

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Get an underwater view of the habitat formed around an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

At 125,000 gallons, Islands of Steel is our largest indoor exhibit, and it represents an underwater view of the habitat formed around an oil platform. In the past, when oil and gas companies were finished with a platform, they would dismantle it and unknowingly destroy the habitat. Now that we know the importance of these new habitats, companies have joined the Rigs to Reefs program. They will dismantle only the oil rig and leave the oil platform, therefore preserving the habitat that had formed under the surface.

All of the animals in Islands of Steel can be found around an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico: nurse sharks, green moray eels, spadefish, amberjack, tarpon, grouper, and even a sand tiger shark.