Press Room

News from The Florida Aquarium

Press Contacts: 

Preston Rudie | Catalyst Communications 

(727) 580-0263

Meghan Fellner | Digital Communications Manager

(813) 724-3324




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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Waddle Over to The Florida Aquarium and Spend a Spring Break ‘Staycation’ with our Aquatic Superstars

Tampa, Fla. –  Spring Break 2020 will be here soon, and now’s a great time to make plans for time  with the kids. This year, skip the airport restroom lines and cross-country road trip meltdowns and take your family on a spring break staycation in your hometown. There’s no better place around the Tampa Bay area for a staycation than The Florida Aquarium , where families can spend time close to home and get in a bit of “globetrotting” at the... Read More
at Monday, March 9, 2020
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The Florida Aquarium Officially Launches Washed Ashore –Art to Save the Sea

Tampa, Fla.  –  On exhibit for the first time in the Tampa Bay region, The Florida Aquarium presents “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” from February 29 through the end of August. This unique exhibit educates about the negative and devastating effects of plastic pollution and aims to spark positive changes in consumer habits. This aesthetically compelling art installation is built entirely from plastics found in oceans and waterways around the world.  ... Read More
at Saturday, February 29, 2020
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The Florida Aquarium and Green Gasparilla Dive in for 3rd Annual Post Gasparilla Diver Cleanup

Tampa, Fla.  –  To help launch this year’s post-Gasparilla Diver cleanup, The Florida Aquarium, Green Gasparilla, Calypso Dive and NAUI divers did their part in keeping our shorelines healthy by diving into the waters around Davis Islands for an underwater cleanup. Over 20 divers donned their wetsuits and air tanks on Saturday to remove beads from Tampa Bay following the annual Gasparilla celebration in Tampa. The Aquarium and partners... Read More
at Saturday, February 15, 2020
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The Florida Aquarium’s Rehab Center Takes in Cold-stunned Endangered Sea Turtles

Tampa, FL  – Several sea turtles arrived yesterday for rehabilitation at The Florida Aquarium’s $4.1 million Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center at the Center for Conservation in Apollo Beach. This is the second group of turtles from the state’s east coast to be cared for at the facility since it opened last January 2019. The Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, supported by Florida Blue, picked up the sea turtles in Orlando and transported them to the... Read More
at Monday, February 3, 2020
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