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The wait is over: The Florida Aquarium Opens New Mesmerizing Moon Jellies Touch Experience on World Oceans Day

After the April Fools’ Day announcement that a moon jellies interactive touch experience was coming to The Florida Aquarium, the wait is finally over—it’s no joke. Starting today, you can reach out and touch nature with a two-finger touch on the bell of moon jellies.   The new Moon Bay exhibit’s grand opening on World Oceans Day is one of four places in the nation with this unique, family-friendly experience. Moon Bay allows for a close encounter with a... Read More
at Saturday, Jun 8
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The Florida Aquarium Honors Our Military this Memorial Day

TAMPA, Fla., – This Memorial Day Weekend and every day, The Florida Aquarium remembers the fallen and thanks all military members and veterans for protecting and serving our country. Join us Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2019, with amazing animals and plants that call the Aquarium home. The Aquarium is open every day: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. During this upcoming holiday weekend, sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, all active duty, veteran, retired or... Read More
at Thursday, May 23
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The Florida Aquarium's Animal Response Team Returns Green Sea Turtles to the Ocean

Port Orange, Fla. –  The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, supported by Florida Blue, returned four rehabilitated green sea turtles to the Atlantic Ocean at Wilbur-By-The-Sea in Volusia County. The release of these sea turtles was made possible through the Aquarium’s ongoing partnership with Florida Blue as well as the direct support of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who has authorized The Florida Aquarium to... Read More
at Wednesday, May 22
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Visit the Amazon with Octonauts: Amazon Adventure 4D® at The Florida Aquarium

TAMPA, Fla.,  -  Guests of all ages are invited to venture into the deepest, darkest depths of the Amazon with underwater adventurers!  Octonauts: Amazon Adventure 4D   is the latest 4D Experience® to premiere at The Florida Aquarium’s 4-Dimension Theater , starting Sunday, May 19, 2019. This innovative and exciting experience is the latest addition to the Aquarium’s 4 Ducks Theater, which was designed by SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment in close collaboration... Read More
at Friday, May 17
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Sip, Savor and Save Sea Life at The Florida Aquarium's SeaGrapes Event

The Florida Aquarium's SeaGrapes Wine and Food event, presented by Amalie Motor Oil, on Saturday, May 18, 2019, benefits the Aquarium's education , conservation , and animal care programs. Guests can enjoy an evening of gourmet cuisine from more than thirty premier Tampa Bay restaurants and over 150 types of wine. Chefs will be serving up a variety of their signature dishes, including delectable tastings. "We are committed to saving sea life, educating students, providing... Read More
at Friday, May 10
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The Florida Aquarium Recognized as one of the Top Aquariums in North America in 2019

For the second year in a row, The Florida Aquarium has been nationally recognized as one of North America’s best aquariums, taking the number two spot in USA TODAY’S 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, up from number three last year.  A panel of experts selected 20 of the best aquariums in North America, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Nominees were selected for providing a fun and educational setting and high-quality exhibits and visitor... Read More
at Friday, May 3
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Bank of America in Tampa Bay Accepts The Florida Aquarium 'Skip the Straw' Challenge

Bank of America in Tampa Bay partners with The Florida Aquarium to become the first financial institution to join the "Skip the Straw" challenge to make strides in reducing single-use plastics and plastics   The Florida Aquarium announced today that Bank of America in Tampa Bay has accepted The Florida Aquarium “ Skip the Straw Challenge ”, an initiative to reduce the use of plastic straws and single-use plastics.   Bank of America in Tampa Bay is... Read More
Posted by Brian Gallaher
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The Florida Aquarium Conducts a Huge Multi-Agency Conservation Mission in Florida Keys to Help Restore Florida's Reefs

The Florida Aquarium staff recently reached another milestone on conservation and research efforts to increase populations of staghorn coral , one of two of the most endangered species of coral, in the Florida Keys. Aquarium staff have dedicated thousands of field and laboratory hours to help give corals a chance not only to survive but to thrive in a challenging and changing environment. Earlier this month, The Florida Aquarium’s biologists and divers traveled to the Florida Keys... Read More
at Friday, Apr 19
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The Florida Aquarium Earns Prestigious AZA Accreditation

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced today The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida, was granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission. “Less than 10% of animal facilities registered with USDA have achieved AZA-accreditation, so The Florida Aquarium is truly a leader in the profession,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “AZA-accreditation signifies The Florida Aquarium’s active role in protecting our world’s... Read More
at Monday, Apr 15
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Food + Wine + Research and Conservation = SeaGrapes

Blue Planet lovers, philanthropists, movers, and shakers will be equally enchanted by the finned, furred, and whiskered guests of honor at SeaGrapes Wine and Food on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 8-11 p.m. The 18th annual signature fundraising event, presented by Amalie Motor Oil, supports The Florida Aquarium’s vital research, conservation and education efforts in Tampa Bay and beyond. What makes this annual event unique is the incredible direct action programs it supports. You can... Read More
at Thursday, Apr 11
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