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The Florida Aquarium Releases Ten Rehabilitated Endangered Sea Turtles

The Florida Aquarium staff released ten endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles back into the ocean on Tuesday, February 20, after three months of successful rehabilitative care. Nine of the ten turtles suffered through a cold-stunning event in the Northeast that began in early November 2017. These turtles, along with 38 other cold-stunned turtles, were transferred to Florida from the New England Aquarium in Massachusetts on December 8 as part of a multi-institutional effort including... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium, Tampa community collect 95 pounds of beads, 116 pounds of trash after Gasparilla festivities

On Sunday, January 28 - the day after pirates invaded Tampa for Gasparilla - The Florida Aquarium staff and volunteers, in conjunction with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and the City of Tampa, helped clean up trash resulting from the festivities.   In three hours, 63 Aquarium team members and volunteers collected 95 pounds of beads (more than 2,400 beads in total), 60.2 pounds of trash (19 full bags) and 56.6 pounds of recycling (13 full bags). “It is great to see our Tampa... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium announces three special weekends dedicated to its research and conservation efforts

The Florida Aquarium is excited to announce three weekend celebrations dedicated to its three pillars of conservation – sharks, corals and sea turtles. The celebrations kick off on the weekend of January 13 & 14 with Shark Days. Today, our oceans face many threats including acidification and pollution to climate change and overfishing. Due to these challenges, the largest living space on Earth is deteriorating at an alarming rate. To help protect and restore our oceans, The... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium coral expert to be the first in the U.S. to replicate wild coral spawning in a lab with multiple species

On Sunday, Dec. 17, Keri O’Neil, The Florida Aquarium’s Coral Nursery Manager, returned from the Horniman Museum and Gardens, based in Forest Hill, just southeast of London, after learning techniques developed at the museum to predictably spawn (reproduce) multiple coral species in a lab – a ground-breaking technique that has only been accomplished at the Horniman. While there, O’Neil and the Horniman team brainstormed ideas of how to bring this spawning system... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium helps rescue eight cold-stunned sea turtles from the Northeast

Today, The Florida Aquarium met a volunteer pilot at Tampa International Airport to receive eight Kemp's ridley sea turtles that suffered through a harsh cold-stunning event in the Northeast that began in early November.   The term “cold-stunning” refers to the hypothermic reaction that occurs when sea turtles are exposed to prolonged cold water temperatures. Sea turtles cannot regulate their body temperatures, and as a result of an abrupt temperature change, they can... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium and a London museum team up to advance coral restoration by spawning corals in a lab setting

The Florida Aquarium, based in Tampa, Florida, and the Horniman Museum and Gardens, based in London, have joined forces to save coral reefs by spawning (reproducing) corals in a lab – a major technique to aid coral restoration that has only been accomplished at the Horniman.   Corals in the wild reproduce by releasing their eggs and sperm into the water at the same time, which is an event that is increasingly more uncertain given the changing climate. This wild spawning event only... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium receives first place Gulf Guardian Award in the Youth Environmental Education category

On Thursday, November 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gulf of Mexico Program recognized The Florida Aquarium with a first place 2017 Gulf Guardian Award in the Youth Environmental Education category. The award was presented at a ceremony held at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort in Point Clear, Alabama. “Whether for individual recreational use or as an economic engine supporting a wide variety of jobs and industry, the Gulf of Mexico is a vibrant yet... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium wraps up recovery effort of Florida's reef following hurricane damage

After Hurricane Irma made her way through the Florida Keys in September with 140-mph winds, causing extensive damage to infrastructure on land and sea, The Florida Aquarium set out to assist the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other organizations to assess and repair the damage to help the reef recover. Over the past six weeks, The Florida Aquarium went on four assessment and repair trips of the Florida Reef Tract from Broward County down to the Florida Keys.... Read More
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Celebrate the holiday SEAson at The Florida Aquarium

This year, celebrate the holiday SEAson at The Florida Aquarium. Whether you want to meet Santa and his elves and their favorite Aquarium animals, or play with snow in Florida, the fun is here at the Aquarium. Check out how The Florida Aquarium will be spreading the holiday cheer below: The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience® Nov. 15 - Jan. 11, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Florida Aquarium is getting in the holiday spirit and is featuring THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience its... Read More
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The Florida Aquarium's President and CEO talks to local elementary school as part of the Great American Teach-In

On Nov., 16, as part of the Great American Teach-In, The Florida Aquarium’s President and CEO, Roger Germann, spoke to elementary students at DeSoto Elementary School about his passion for animals, the Tampa community, why his family moved to Florida from Chicago just three months ago, and how he became the President and CEO of The Florida Aquarium.   The Great American Teach-In is an annual event to celebrate American Education Week. Members of the community are invited to local... Read More
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