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Rainy Day Activities In Key West

Whether you’re a local looking for something fun to do or a visitor who’s made your way to the tropical paradise of Key West, there’s nothing quite like a rainy day to put a real damper on things. Lucky for you though, Key West’s treasures aren’t restricted to the great outdoors; and there’s a bunch […]

Family Fun Earth Day Events

Sunday, April 7th – Free Local Sunday* Earth Day Celebration Monday, April 22 – Earth Day Celebration Celebrate Earth Day at the Key West Aquarium with locals and other guests on Free Local Sunday*, April 7th. Learn how you can protect the coral reefs with a fun-facts scavenger hunt, various crafts, coloring pages and much […]

How To Enjoy Wildlife in a Sanctuary

The Florida Keys are one of 15 areas that are part of the National Marine Sanctuary. This program is administered by NOAA and protects 2,900 square nautical miles from Miami to Dry Tortugas. Within the barriers of the Florida Keys Sanctuary you will find that everything from history to living species are protected. The Florida […]

Get to know the Assistant Curator!

Genya Yerkes has been a member of the Key West Aquarium staff for almost 17 years. Title: Assistant Curator/Operations Manager What brought you to Key West? I originally moved here in the summer of 2000 to attend FKCC for their Marine Environmental Technology degree. I also started working for the aquarium that summer and it […]

Guide to the Unique Wildlife of the Florida Keys

Part of what makes the Florida Keys such a fascinating place to visit is the abundant natural beauty and wildlife unique to this region. With the Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Florida Keys are at the confluence of two subtropical ecosystems that […]

Get to know the Curator!

Greg Gerwin has been the General Manager/Curator of the Key West Aquarium for 14 years.   What brought you to Key West:   I lived in the keys with my parents six months out of the year since I was two months old because of my father’s work. I guess you could say I have […]

Sea Turtle Conservation

Our mission here at the Key West Aquarium is to educate the public about the dangers of these turtles face on a daily basis. The sea turtles in this facility would not be able to survive out in the wild with their injuries. By educating and making the public aware, our hopes are to minimize […]

Confiscated Marine Life

The Key West Aquarium, along with NOAA and The Florida Wildlife Commission, are working hard to protect our environment. Illegal collection and transport of marine  tropicals for the aquarium trade is widely spreading. Without proper permits and transportation documents, marine tropicals are seized by government officials. The seized property is placed in facilities like this […]

Soft Coral

Soft corals are members of the phylum cnidaria, a group of stinging celled animals that include anemones, jellyfish, hydroids, sea-pens, the the true corals and other coral-named groups. Soft corals acquired their name from their fleshy and flexible forms which are constructed of a bizarre assembly of structural elements that help the corals to keep […]

Gorgonians

a gorgonian, also known as a sea whip or sea fan, is an order of sessile colonial cnidarians found throughout the oceans of the world, especially in the tropics and subtropics. Gorgonians are similar to the sea pen, another soft coral. Individual tiny polyps form colonies that are normally erect, flattened, branching, and reminiscent of […]

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