The Florida Aquarium provides free and reduced-rate admission for approximately 8,000 disadvantaged students each year, and sponsor 50 youth annually for our "What's in Your Watershed" youth camp. Additionally, over 1,000 science educators have attended our free, year-round "Teach the Teacher" workshops. The Aquarium is dedicated to inspiring the scientists and environmentalists of tomorrow.
The Florida Aquarium is one of only a few rehabilitation facilities authorized by Florida Fish & Wildlife for sea turtle care and is proud to have a full-time veterinary program and medical staff to care for marine animals. Cold-strandings, environmental disasters, boat strikes and fishing gear entanglements bring sea turtles and river otters to The Florida Aquarium for care and rehabilitation.
The Florida Aquarium has shown that many species of coral can be fragmented and grown successfully in aquaculture systems and on underwater sites. We were the first facility in the world to develop a health certificate for placing certified healthy corals back in the wild to restore damaged coral reefs. For the first time, inland aquacultured coral fragments have been used to help rebuild damaged coral reefs in the Florida Keys.
The Aquarium's scientific divers are conducting the first comprehensive underwater archaeological survey of Tampa Bay and its tributaries. During the survey, scientific divers have located, investigated and documented historic wrecks for the purpose of telling the unique story of Tampa Bay's maritime history.
Our scientific divers are working with the University of Miami in the complex and highly technical excavation of Little Salt Spring to carefully locate and catalog the pre-historic evidence of the earliest people in Florida.