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Florida Aquarium Rallies for Endangered Sea Turtles Amid Mounting Need

Apollo Beach, FL (March 25, 2021): It was a record-setting event for The Florida Aquarium when the team of animal care professionals admitted 17 sea turtles to the Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center at the Center for Conservation campus in Apollo Beach, FL. A large cold-stun event on the east coast of Florida resulted in the single largest admission of sea turtles to The Florida Aquarium.   The patients, a group of green sea turtles, were rescued from the Volusia-Daytona area by... Read More
at Thursday, March 25, 2021
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Threatened Green Sea Turtle Makes New Home at Mississippi Aquarium

Tampa, Fla. – In 2016, The Florida Aquarium’s animal care team took in Banner, a threatened green sea turtle. After four years of rehabilitation and care, Banner has successfully made the 600-mile trek up the Gulf coast to his new home at Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport, MS. In coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Banner was found stranded in Brevard County, after suffering a serious boat strike injury. The Florida Aquarium’s team... Read More
at Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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The Florida Aquarium Successfully Spawns Threatened Pillar Coral for the Second Year in a Row

Tampa, Fla. – For the second year in a row, scientists at The Florida Aquarium in Apollo Beach have successfully spawned threatened Atlantic pillar coral ( Dendrogyra cylindrus ) though lab-induced techniques. The scientific marvel occurred this week in a research laboratory as a part of a scientific spawning project called Project Coral.       The corals spawned at nearly exactly the same time as last year, at approximately 100 minutes after sunset on the... Read More
at Friday, August 7, 2020
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The Aquarium Welcomes New Penguin Resident

The Florida Aquarium is excited to announce its newest African penguin resident Kini who now calls the Aquarium home. Kini was hatched at The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and is 7 years old. This makes her now the youngest penguin resident at The Florida Aquarium. Kini came to the Aquarium to be a mate for our male African penguin Pebles,  who was previously our only penguin without a mate. The Aquarium now has 10 African penguins, which you can see on the Aquarium pathway... Read More
at Monday, August 3, 2020
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TAMPA, FL – Aligned with the state’s phased approach and all public health directives, The Florida Aquarium announced today that it will reopen to the public on Friday, May 15th. The Aquarium will operate with strict limits on attendance and programming and is implementing new standard operating procedures and enhanced health and safety measures to safeguard guests, staff, and animals.   “After nearly eight weeks of being closed to the public, we... Read More
at Tuesday, May 5, 2020
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The Florida Aquarium Makes History Again!

              Tampa, FL – Scientists at The Florida Aquarium have again made history, this time becoming the first in the world to reproduce ridged cactus coral or Mycetophyllia lamarckiana in human care.  The breakthrough happened over several nights earlier this month at The Florida Aquarium’s Center for Conservation which is located at the Florida Conservation Technology Center in Apollo Beach.  The work... Read More
at Wednesday, April 22, 2020
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The Florida Aquarium Extends Temporary Public Closure

TAMPA BAY, FL – March 26, 2020 – Today, The Florida Aquarium announced it will extend its temporary closure to the public through Sunday, May 10 to help minimize the effects and spread of COVID-19. The decision to extend its public closure was made voluntary by The Florida Aquarium, in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to limit gatherings of 50 people or more for an eight-week period and out of respect for the health and... Read More
Posted by Meghan Fellner at Friday, March 27, 2020
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Two Endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles Released Back to the Wild after Intense Rehab at The Florida Aquarium

New Smyrna Beach, Fla.  – The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, supported by Florida Blue, offers a story of inspiration and hope in the wake of the ever-evolving situation around COVID-19. “Titan and Starbird,” two threatened loggerhead sea turtles, were released on the pristine sands of the Atlantic Ocean at Mary McLeod Bethune Beach Park in the city of New Smyrna Beach. “Conservation... Read More
at Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Tampa’s Top Cultural Attractions Respond to COVID-19

Tampa, FL  - Based on the most current information from public health officials, and in support of community efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), Henry B. Plant Museum and The Florida Aquarium will temporarily close to the public beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.    There have been no known incidents of COVID-19 at the five... Read More
Posted by Meghan Fellner at Friday, March 13, 2020
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Make a Splash into 1995 with Extended Hours Event at The Florida Aquarium

Tampa, Fla.  – Have you ever just wanted to bring back the 90s? Don't worry! The Florida Aquarium is hosting a Splash Back to the 90s party with extended hours . Oh, snap!    Join us for an evening full of slammin' music performed by the Actual Bank Robbers. Meet Greta, Stella, and Priscilla – the educational ambassadors of the new Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea exhibit, play in our Splash Pad, have a 4D Theater Experience, and explore all of our cool... Read More
at Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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