A multicolored Purple Gallinule stands on a large leaf.

Schools of small fish dart through shafts of light, while in the shadows a predatory snook lurks…

Our Mangrove Forest habitat is really two worlds. Above the surface on the Royal Caribbean Vista level, green herons and cormorants relax amid live red and black mangrove trees, and you can get up-close-and-personal with an American crocodile to see what makes this ancient animal different than its cousin, the alligator. Downstairs at the Dive level, explore the science of the mangrove system, and see if you can find snapper, grouper and snook hiding in the finger-like roots from the trees above. If the birds from upstairs are hungry, they’ll dive down to snap up food released at the base of the mangroves.

Did You Know?

Gender Shift

Common snook begin life as male, but most transform to female after experiencing annual spawns. If you see a very large snook, it's probably a female.