News and Events

Whale Shark Awareness

August 24th, 2016

Though Whale Sharks are the largest fish on the planet, these “gentle giants” are filter-feeders and therefore are harmless to humans. Being a filter-feeder means these large creatures (which can reach over 40 ft.) feed on tiny ocean organisms- plankton. These fish have skeletons made entirely of cartilage, rather than bone like the majority of

Hometown Pass

August 12th, 2016

Key West Residents that sign up for the Hometown Pass program will receive free admission to the Key West Aquarium when accompanied by a guest who has purchased a FULL FARE ADULT TICKET. ***Tickets may not be purchase online and must be purchased from a Historic Tours of America attractions booth.***

Lizard Day

August 10th, 2016

August 14th is lizard day! Let’s talk about some of the lizards found in the Florida Keys. Green/Brown Anole: Green anoles are medium-sized lizards with long tails. When stressed, they turn dark brown. Males have a pink/red throat fan. Males often engage in lateral displays: head bobbing and pushups. Green anoles are easily tamed and

Locals Day

August 7th, 2016

Calling all locals! Come on down to the Key West Aquarium every first Sunday of the month for FREE Admission!

Fun Facts About Florida Stone Crabs & Spiny Lobsters

July 20th, 2016

Key West’s waters are teeming with fascinating marine life. While the coral reef off the coast of Key West is home to a beautiful array of tropical fish, there are other underwater creatures lurking about. This is where Florida’s stone crabs and spiny lobsters come into play. These crustaceans hide within coral caves or dock

Shark Awareness Day

July 14th, 2016

July 14th is Shark awareness day! Let’s talk about some unique sharks found in our Earth’s oceans. Saw Shark: What makes this shark unique is their snout. Unlike other sharks, their snout is long and lined with teeth. They use these teeth to slash their prey. Thresher shark: What makes this shark unique is their

Queen Conch

June 1st, 2016

The Queen Conch produces a large spiral shell with “spines” on it. These spines are thought to be for protection, but to human touch they are dull and non-threathening. The conch’s shell has a wide lip that has a rich pink color. Inside the shell is where the head stays which has two pairs of

Fun Facts About Blue Tang Fish

May 25th, 2016

The blue tang is typically found on reefs in high current areas so that they can feed on zooplankton. Blue tangs are easy to spot due to their bright coloration. They are typically a vibrant blue with a yellow tail. They have two black lines. One lines the fish form the eye, along the back,

A Deep Sea Mystery

May 18th, 2016

What makes the Black Sea Devil a deep sea mystery is there is less known information about it than the giant squid. What we DO know is this: A Female black sea devil can grow to be about the size of a baseball. The males are even smaller and are actually more of a parasite

Fun Facts About Giant Squid

May 11th, 2016

For most of us, when we hear the word “squid” we either think of fishing bait or calamari. For Scientists, we can assume that they think of the Giant Squid– one of the largest mysteries of science. To see a live giant squid is a privilege not many have had. Most of everything scientists know