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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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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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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Marathon Aquarium Sponsors 60s Rock Show to Benefit the R3EACH and the Great Hammerhead Project.  On Saturday night, December 1, Marathon Aquarium Encounters will present its “Aquarium 60s Rockerama” – a live rock and roll show featuring exclusively 1960s Rock and Roll music on stage teamed with projected music videos of the originals artists performing those…

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Are you interested in diving but are not open water scuba certified? Aquarium Encounters offers an Aquarium Encounters Tank certification. This package is a great way to spend some time at the aquarium, getting up close and personal with all the residents of our coral reef and predator reef tank. Dive into our Coral reef…

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Have you ever been interested in learning about baby and juvenile stingrays? In our Nursery Encounter guests get to do just that. In this one on one personal encounter, led by a marine biologist, you have the opportunity to feed our juvenile and small stingrays. Watch as they swim right up to your hand, pet…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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