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February 17th, 2016

There are three types of eels you will find in the Florida Keys: Moray: green, spotted, goldentail, chain, chestnut, mulatto, purplemouth Snake: sharptail, goldspotted Garden: brown Morays vary considerably in size, skin diversity, and color. Their skin can be colored in a variety of hues such as brown, green, yellow, black and blue. Despite their

Ultimate Guide To Fishing In The Florida Keys

January 27th, 2016

Among the many great things of the Florida Keys, fishing is by far one of the most popular activities. There are about 6 types of fishing you can find down here: light tackle, back country, deep sea, reef, bridge, and party boat. Light Tackle: the most flexible and almost any species is achievable: tarpon, sailfish,

A Living Fossil

January 20th, 2016

With fossils dating back to nearly 350 million years ago, it’s hard to believe that our favorite shoreline friends were once crawling across the oceans floor the same time dinosaurs were around. These sea creatures have adapted to their ecosystems over the eons and still remained ultimately unchanged. Their flexible exoskeleton (made of chitin) has

Sea Stars in the Florida Keys

January 13th, 2016

What we once called a “starfish” now goes by the name “sea star” because well, it’s not much of a fish, now is it? It’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars. Sea stars have no brains and no blood. Their nervous system is spread through their arms and their “blood” is

Alligator Exhibit at Key West Aquarium

January 6th, 2016

When touring the Atlantic Shores exhibit of the Key West Aquarium, you will notice a large tank off to the side housing juvenile American Alligators and some Red Slider friends.                                                  

Learn About Key West Dolphins

December 30th, 2015

Bottlenose dolphins can reach speeds of over 18 miles an hour. They surface often to breathe (two or three times a minute). Bottlenose dolphins travel in groups and communicate with each other by a complex system of squeaks and whistles, and track their prey through the expert use of echolocation. They can make up to

Key West Marine Life You Might See On Vacation

December 21st, 2015

Key West is surrounded by a unique ecosystem at the fusion of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Here, you’ll find the third largest coral barrier reef in the world, much of it protected by NOAA’s Marine Sanctuary, and miles of shallow backcountry sand flats. This environment supports a diverse ecology of marine life

Everything To Know About Stingrays In The Florida Keys

December 16th, 2015

Stingrays are some of the most mystical creatures in the sea and they thrive in the waters of the Florida Keys. At the Key West Aquarium Stingray Bay exhibit, guests can get up close and personal with the cow nose ray variety of stingrays by petting them. That’s right! These sometimes feared creatures are safe

Things to Know About Sharks in Key West

December 9th, 2015

With the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week gaining in popularity, it’s raised a lot of questions about sharks, their behavior and their habitat. For those afraid of the water or who live in landlocked cities and don’t experience the ocean every day, it seems to only amplify the fear and mystery surrounding sharks and their threat

Sea Urchins

December 2nd, 2015

Sea urchins are commonly found along a rocky ocean floor in both shallow and deeper water, and coral reefs. There are nearly 200 different species of recognized sea urchin, that come in all shapes and sizes. The main predators of the sea urchin are crabs, large fish, sea otters, eels, birds and humans. The sea