Conservation

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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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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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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The Great Hammerhead Project – Be In The Know!

The great hammerhead shark is currently on the red list (endangered) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Overfishing, shark finning, and the loss of critical food resources are some suspected causes for their decline. Depriving future generations of such an iconic species would be tragic. Learn more at www.greathammerheadstudy.org   Do you know about our…

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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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