SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Wonders of Wildlife Shipwreck exhibit is designed to mimic the boat that Johnny Morris intentionally sunk off the Ft. Lauderdale coast to build an artificial habitat for ocean life, known as the Offshore Angler.
Morris’ goal was to show how humans can have a positive impact on nature, even through man-made creations.
Sara Anderson, a Wonders of Wildlife educator, explains how the man-made reef helps out the different fish species.
“When they create artificial reefs, it takes a couple hours for fish to start exploring the area,” Anderson said. “So, this one shows the mast of the boat, but if you look up around you, it makes you feel like you are in a sunken ship.”
The exhibit also features a stingray touch area, where guests can pet stingrays as they swim by. Anderson said the stings are clipped off so guests can have a friendly interaction with the species. Wonders of Wildlife staff described stingrays as the puppies of the ocean.