New Exhibit – Mangrove Terrapins!

Come check out the newest residents of Aquarium Encounters, the Mangrove Terrapins! This subspecies of the Diamondback Terrapin is found almost exclusively in the Florida Keys. Unlike their freshwater cousins, these animals inhabit salt and brackish water. Terrapins also typically spend more time on land than freshwater turtles so this exhibit has plenty of space…

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Coral Nursery Update!

Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters in coordination with its non-profit organization R3EACH as well as Dynasty Marine, FWC, Ken Nedimyer and Reef Renewal USA have been working on a brand new coral nursery offshore near Marathon. A couple months ago divers from these organizations installed anchors for the foundation of Coral TreesTM. The first few trees…

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Reef Renewal – Anchor Installation

Divers from Dynasty Marine, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, R3EACH and Reef Renewal USA in partnership with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently worked with Ken Nedimyer to install anchors for a brand new coral nursery. Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation, is now the Director of Reef Renewal International working to…

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A Note from Florida Keys Aquarium Encounter on COVID-19

To our recent and future visitors of Aquarium Encounters. We are in constant contact with health officials and will continue to follow their updated guidance as provided. We value the cleanliness of our facility and have ramped up our efforts to keep our guests and employees as safe as possible.  We have ample hand sanitizing…

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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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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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