Islands of Steel


Get a breathtaking underwater view of a 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: red drum, barracuda, spadefish, amberjack, tarpon, grouper, and even a sand tiger shark.

Species Featured

Atlantic Spadefish Midnight Parrotfish
Cownose Ray Nothern Red Snapper
Crevalle Jack Red Drum
Florida Pompano Red Grouper
French Grunt Sand Tiger Shark
Great Barracuda Southern Red Stringray
Grey Snapper Tomtate Grunt
Hogfish Yellowtail Snapper
Loggerhead Sea Turtle  

Islands of Steel