As part of ongoing renovations to our outdoor area, The Splash Pad and the majority of our play area will be closed Nov. 1-18.  We anticipate the area to reopen Nov 19. Access to the Wild Dolphin Cruise will not be impacted.


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9/12/2016 9:40:16 AM
Conserving Coral Reefs in Florida is Collaborative!

The Florida Aquarium, alongside our CORL—Conservation of Reef Life—collaboration partners at other Association of Zoos and Aquariums institutions, set sail on a coral reef research and restoration trip in Key Largo, Florida this past August!

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8/17/2016 1:14:46 PM
The Florida Aquarium Fifth in the World to Rear Long-Spined Sea Urchins to Help Save Florida’s Reefs

At The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation we’re breeding and rearing these spectacularly spiked species in greenhouses to one day restore wild populations.

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8/14/2016 9:30:00 AM
Happy 2nd Birthday Baby Staghorn Coral!

Today marks the two-year birthday of our baby staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) which was born August 14, 2014 at The Florida Aquarium!  This magnificent milestone is a giant leap for coral research and restoration in Florida. 

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7/7/2016 12:07:10 PM
Weddings at The Florida Aquarium

Amanda and Kevin's Destination Florida Aquarium Wedding 

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6/23/2016 10:44:54 AM
(Day 7) Shark Research with OCEARCH

Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on day seven of Expedition North Carolina with OCEARCH! Unfortunately, the wind that kicked up last night hasn't abated, and the marine forecast doesn't appear to look promising for the rest of the expedition, so we're heading back to shore this morning for what has now become the final day of the trip.

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6/22/2016 2:16:59 PM
(Day 6) Shark Research with OCEARCH

Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on day six of Expedition North Carolina with OCEARCH! We headed back offshore this afternoon to catch an open window of good weather and calm seas to try our luck again in the search for sand tiger sharks.

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6/22/2016 1:54:35 PM
(Day 4) Shark Research with OCEARCH

Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on Expedition North Carolina with OCEARCH! The last two days we've been anchored inshore due to strong winds and weather that are preventing us from working the offshore fishing sites.  We went through a wicked storm two nights ago that soaked everyone on board, and since then the wind has really kicked up and made boating difficult.

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6/20/2016 3:59:04 PM
(Day 3) Shark Research with OCEARCH

Hi all! This is Kathy Heym from The Florida Aquarium on day three of Expedition North Carolina with OcearchToday we spent time fishing in the same location as yesterday and a little further inshore, but unfortunately, no luck on finding any sharks. So I thought I'd describe the process of bringing a shark onto the platform for data collection (like we did for the tiger sharks yesterday) in a little more detail.

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6/20/2016 3:00:46 PM
(Day 2) Shark Research with OCEARCH

Last night, the Ocearch crew took our team approximately 18 miles offshore to the location we were hoping to find sand tiger sharks this morning. The trip took about three hours and started right around bedtime.  The sleeping quarters are bunk beds below deck, and the gentle rocking of the boat as we headed out was perfect for lulling me to sleep. Unfortunately, the gentle rocking became a little more intense overnight, so we had to move back closer to shore to find calmer seas first thing after breakfast.

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6/16/2016 8:29:19 AM
(DAY 1) Florida Aquarium Director of Animal Health Takes Part in Shark Expedition in North Carolina

Hey all! This is Kathy Heym, Director of Animal Health at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Today is day one of an AMAZING expedition I'm participating in off the coast of North Carolina to learn more about sand tiger shark populations.

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