Posts by Margot Warshaw

Meet Ashley

Ashley Watson is 25 years old, and originally from Brattleboro Vermont. Her constant love for marine life has steered her carrier path in life, and guided her travels. Having graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in marine science and minor in biology, Ashley has always known she has wanted to care for and…

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Meet our Biologist!

Haley Townsend has been a Marine Biologist at Aquarium Encounters since June 2018. She is the newest member to the animal care team. Haley is originally from Jacksonville North Carolina, and has lived in the keys since May 2018. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in Biology. Haley…

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Summer Camp 2019

Interested in getting junior or open water dive certified? Our 3 day camp program is a great way to immerse yourself further in the magic of the ocean. Spend time here at the aquarium learning the necessary skills needed to become certified and wrap up the camp with two dives out on Sombrero Reef! Beginning…

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Epic Florida Keys Adventure Giveaway!

Florida keys Aquarium Encounters and Two Conch Sport fishing has teamed up to offer an amazing giveaway! One lucky winner, and up to three of their friends, will have an adventure packed day; with a half day fishing charter on the 26” Yellowfin, and Coral Reef Dive encounter hand feeding sharks. Captain Jack and his…

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New Year Resolutions

As we are 15 days into the new year, we hope 2019 is starting off great for everyone! Our aquarium and staff is having a great 2019 so far. We wanted to share some of our new years resolutions with you all! Feel free to share yours too and tag us in them on Facebook…

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Hurricane Irma – One Year Later

After reopening December 15th, 2017 from hurricane Irma our aquarium and staff had a great year in 2018! We participated and assisted in three manatee rescues, successfully certified kids in our NAUI summer camp program, reached the half way point on our Great Hammerhead Project fundraising, and educated thousands of guests on marine life and…

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Rocking Success!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support our first ever fundraiser concert at the aquarium! Our Rockerama was a rocking success and we could not have pulled it off without all of your support. The event featured live music from local musicians, silent auction items from local businesses and a 50/50…

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Out reach

Aquarium Encounters has been doing a lot of work out of the “office” lately! Our staff has been fortunate enough to be invited to a few outreach programs dedicated on educating children on science and marine life. Our main goal at the aquarium is education, through awareness, and we love sharing our knowledge of our…

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A.E.C.R.D. – Aquarium Encounters Coral Reef Dive

Are you interested in diving but are not open water scuba certified? Aquarium Encounters offers an Aquarium Encounters Tank certification. This package is a great way to spend some time at the aquarium, getting up close and personal with all the residents of our coral reef and predator reef tank. Dive into our Coral reef…

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Encounter Spotlight – Nursery Encounter

Have you ever been interested in learning about baby and juvenile stingrays? In our Nursery Encounter guests get to do just that. In this one on one personal encounter, led by a marine biologist, you have the opportunity to feed our juvenile and small stingrays. Watch as they swim right up to your hand, pet…

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R3EACH – update

In the past few months we have been privileged to be a part of a manatee rescue, and a manatee transport. Both of these events have been an amazing start to what we are looking to accomplish with our nonprofit organization. The main goals of R3EACH are to help our local species of marine life…

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Encounter Spotlight: Big Shark Bay

Hand feed sharks from the comfort of dry land, and with the guidance of a marine biologist. One of our most popular encounters here at the aquarium, is our Big shark Bay Encounter. This encounter is approximately 20 minutes long and allows guests to hand feed sharks while staying dry. In our Big Shark Bay…

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Shark Bait OoHaHa!

July was all about sharks! Even though July 14th was Shark Awareness Day, and July 22nd-29th was Shark Week, the conversation does not end there. These amazing apex predators are often feared by humans, but in reality, we have the largest impact on their populations. Research shows you are more likely to get hit by…

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Recycle today for a better tomorrow!

The first week of July was Clean beaches week, but here at Aquarium Encounters , we believe every day should be Clean Beaches day! Aquarium Encounters is always trying to do our part when it comes to recycling and staying green; on land at the beach, at the aquarium, or on our days off on the…

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Keys Critters! Lobsters and Seahorses Join the Aquarium!

I’m talking about Florida Spiny Lobsters, the yummy crustacean that brings down thousands of visitors to the Florida Keys every summer for Lobster season. Spiny Lobsters are amazing critters, and found frequently on menus in the Florida Keys. Interested in what a spiny lobster looks like up close and personal? Aquarium Encounters has just added…

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