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Learn About Our Lionfish!

Florida Fish and Wildlife is always looking to help educate the public on our local species of marine life. With their help, Aquarium Encounters has been able to add to our existing Lionfish exhibit. Our main goal was to bring awareness to their invasive nature and how FWC is trying to manage their ever growing…

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Aquarium Encounters earns 2019 Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor 2019 Certificate of Excellence

Aquarium Encounters thanks every single visitor that has stopped by our facility. We have received the 2019 certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor, thanks to all your great reviews! We love hearing what people love about our aquarium, and always look forward to feedback. Here are just a few of our favorite reviews to date!…

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Aquarium Encounters turns 5 years old!!

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Thank you so much for all the years of support and fun! We appreciate each and every visitor we have had over the years and we hope to continue our goal of educating the public daily. We have many new projects in store for this next year and can’t wait to share them all with…

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Meet Diver Ryan

Ryan Bonhag is 29 years old and the senior dive instructor here at Aquarium Encounters. Ryan has been diving for 11 years, he is a PADI instructor and more recently a NAUI instructor as well. Originally from Olney, Maryland, Ryan started diving at the age of 18, in quarries and lakes. He enjoys introducing people…

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May 2019 Aquarium Update

Mermaids at Aquarium Encounters

Aquarium Encounters has had a busy May already! We kicked off the month with quite a few events, starting with the Tom Thumb Bull and Cow captains meeting, two weddings, mermaids, and Mother’s day deals! Sprinkle a few school field trips in here and there and we’ve been having a good time! Congratulations to Franco…

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Spring at the aquarium

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining and the sharks are hungry! If you are traveling to the Florida Keys this season, Aquarium Encounters is a must do for the family. Hop into one of our tanks and hand feed sharks and stingrays, or enjoy the excitement of marine life from dry land. There…

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Meet the Biologist: Kee Bligh

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Kee Bligh is Aquarium Encounter’s senior biologist. She has been a part of the aquarium team since December of 2014, shortly after the aquarium opened. Originally from New Britain, Connecticut; Kee is almost a freshwater Conch having lived here for 7 years. She attended Coastal Carolina University and has a degree in marine science with…

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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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