Encounter Spotlight – Stingray Cove

One of our most popular in water encounters is our Stingray Cove Encounter. This 40 minute session allows guests to get up close and personal with our stingrays! Perfectly safe, and fun, guests get to hand feed our large Southern rays and smaller Cownose rays.  Before stepping in to our Stingray Cove tank, guests are…

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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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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters is Marathon Strong!

On September 10th 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys, devastating our string of islands. Aquarium Encounters was closed from September 9th until December 15th. In those three months we worked tirelessly to rebuild all that was damaged. Our staff removed debris off the aquarium’s property, repaired tanks that had been damaged, painted…

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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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Does Size Really Matter? Swim with Mobula rays.

Story by Brad Rose At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters in Marathon, we are home to many unique animals; the Mobula ray is certainly no exception. Currently these gentle gliders can only be found at 7 facilities worldwide! The Mobula ray is a slightly smaller cousin of the giant Manta ray. These beautiful and majestic creatures…

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Bridging the Gap: Hooking the Next Generation

By Chance Ruder, NAUI 52587, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters Dive Team Immediately after they break the surface, my two young guests burst into excited chittering. “Did you see that eel come up? It was huge! Those lobsters look even bigger underwater! Dad, we have to get certified; that was amazing.” It was the kind of…

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Experience Aquarium Encounters…..

Aquarium Encounters is an interactive outdoor aquarium, where visitors can walk through and see a variety of wildlife from the fascinating and biologically diverse Florida Keys and Caribbean. All of our exhibits are under large Tiki huts where guests are protected from the sun and rain. Aquarium Encounters is situated in Marathon at MM 53.1…

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Invasion of the Lionfish!

by Victoria Garcia Many might see a lionfish with its long flowing fins and red and white striped coloration as a harmless fish but here in the Florida Keys we view this unique creature differently. The lionfish (Pterois volitans) is an invasive species to the North Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean, originally found in the…

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Get to know local artist Jason Robinson

Jason Robinson, was born in born in Montpelier, Vermont. He attended Union32 high school and enjoyed playing basketball.  He is married with two girls, Sara (7) and Shaina (5).  Jason always first realized his love of art during his high school Art classes, which were very educational and inspiring. He came to Key West in April…

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