Overlooking Rainbow Harbor with a view of Shoreline Village, this outdoor space features two popular exhibits: the Moon Jelly Touch Lab and an exhibit featuring two species of amphibious mudskippers.
Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Madeline Walden
Harbor Terrace is located on the ground floor on the east side of the main Aquarium building. Overlooking Rainbow Harbor with a view of Shoreline Village, this outdoor space features tables and seating for visitors wishing to take a break, in addition to two popular exhibits: the Moon Jelly Touch Lab and an exhibit featuring two species of amphibious mudskippers.
Harbor Terrace can be accessed through the Aquarium’s Pacific Collections gift store or by following the walkway past Lorikeet Forest.
Moon Jelly Touch Tank
The Moon Jelly Touch Lab is a very popular stop, with a large curved tank that can accommodate the many Aquarium visitors who wish to touch these gelatinous creatures.
Find out what jellies feel like and explore with an education department staff member as you investigate what makes these animals special. Moon jellies are easily identified by the half-circles in the middle of its bell, which are reproductive tissues. Their sting is not strong enough to penetrate human skin, so they are safe to touch.
- Open Hours:
Weekdays 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Weekends 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Feed the jellies:
Weekends 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Archerfish have the ability to spit a jet of water above the surface as a method of hunting insects and other prey.
They can target their prey on the water’s surface or even in low-hanging branches. They typically are found in mangroves and estuaries from India to the Philippines, Australia, and Polynesia. This fish grows to about 4 inches in length and has a silver body with four or five black vertical stripes. Aquarium visitors will be able to witness the archerfish’s hunting prowess during daily feedings.
Mudskippers are unique fish that have adapted to an amphibious lifestyle and can live both underwater and on land.
Native to Indonesia, Africa, and the Indian Ocean, mudskippers get their name from their ability to hop and climb using their pectoral fins.