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Close Encounters with Ben Daughtry

The Journey to create Aquarium Encounters As a local Marathon business, we are proud of our homegrown roots. Aquarium Encounters began as a dream in our founder, Ben Daughtry’s mind, almost 20 years ago. After an exciting trip to an interactive aquarium in Curaçao in 1996, Ben imagined how great it would be to have a…

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Give a hoot! Don't Pollute!

Did you know that marine debris is a HUGE problem for environmentally sensitive ocean ecosystems like those found here in the fabulous Florida Keys? Trash and other debris that makes its way into our oceans can create serious challenges for marine life and the overall health of our aquatic environments. According to NOAA Marine Research:…

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Our New Arrival!

We have exciting news this week at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters! Rupert and Emma, our Florida Box Turtles, welcomed a hatchling into the world on 7/14/15 and Baby Boxie is now strong enough to be on exhibit at our park in Marathon. Baby Boxie may be tiny now, but (s)he will grow up to be 6+…

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World Turtle Day!

Celebrate World Turtle Day with our friends at the Freshwater Bayou!

Are you celebrating the unique beauty of turtles? At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, we love our turtles! At our Freshwater Bayou, our guests can experience the magic of our resident turtles first-hand during any excursion to our park. Each year since 1990, the American Tortoise Rescue, a not for profit group dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation…

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Aquarium Encounters Summer Camps!

We are proud to announce that Aquarium Encounters will be offering totally interactive Florida Keys Summer Camps at our location in Marathon. Camp Aquarium Encounters is a totally interactive half-day camp, perfect for the aspiring Marine Biologist in your life (or just the awesome kid you know who thinks the ocean is pretty neat). Campers…

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Thunderbolt Wreck Clean-up

At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters we are committed to cultivating passionate conservation of our oceans and marine environments. This commitment starts with our Aquarium and all that we offer with respect to immersing people in exciting ocean experiences, but extends into our local community and the fragile ocean ecosystems found in the Florida Keys. In…

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Interact with our Horseshoe Crabs

Horseshoe crabs are marine arthropods that resemble crustaceans. They are one of Earth’s oldest living inhabitants with fossils dating back roughly 450 million years. This means that these ancient creatures even pre-date dinosaurs. For this reason, Horseshoe crabs are often commonly considered living fossils. At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, our guests are invited to interact…

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