Key West Aquarium

Atlantic Shores Exhibit

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Atlantic Shores Exhibit

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Exhibit includes:

  • Tropical Fish
  • Game Fish
  • Sharks
  • Sea Turtles
  • Living Mangrove Ecosystem

About The Exhibit

The Atlantic Shores exhibit was originally a parking lot adjacent to the aquarium that was converted into a fifty thousand gallon saltwater exhibit to display a wide variety of tropical fish, game fish, sharks, and sea turtles. Most importantly, it is a living red mangrove ecosystem and allows us to educate the public on the importance of mangrove trees to the Florida Keys.

A Living Mangrove Ecosystem

Mangroves are a vital building block of the Florida Keys, crucial for our native birds, and our first line of defense against land erosion. With our beautiful red mangroves as a backdrop our guests can view popular sport fish such as tarpon, cobia, permit, and jacks; well known edible fish including grouper, snapper, and hogfish; and colorful tropical fish from the reef like angelfish, wrasses, and parrotfish. You may also see our bonnethead sharks cruising along, the smallest member of the hammerhead family, and a green sea turtle in the shallows. Complimenting our marine display we have a several terrestrial animals, native and invasive to the Florida Keys, available for your viewing to further our guests’ understanding of our fragile environment

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