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Save the Seahorses

What exactly is a seahorse? Well, it’s a fish! It’s horse-shaped head gives it it’s name. Other features include their monkey-like tail, and their color changing abilities like chameleons. What makes seahorses endangered? Their preferred habitats are coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds and estuaries, which are threatened by development and water pollution. Threats to […]

Fall back!

It’s that time of year again- Daylight savings time! It’s time to FALL BACK! Don’t forget to put your clocks back one hour.

Sea Anemone Facts

A close relative of coral and jellyfish, anemones are stinging polyps that spend most of their time attached to rocks on the sea bottom or on coral reefs waiting for fish to pass close enough to get ensnared in their venom-filled tentacles. There are more than 1,000 sea anemone species found throughout the world’s oceans […]

Finding Manatees In The Florida Keys

The Florida Manatee is one of two subspecies of the West Indian manatee. Manatees are well represented in Florida’s fossil record. Their remains date back to prehistoric times and they are one of the more common vertebrae fossils known from ancient marine deposits. Manatee remains are also found in Native American rubbish heaps in Florida, […]

Protecting Sea Turtles

When you visit our aquarium you will notice we have a sea turtle conservation tour. In this tour we introduce you to our turtles that have been rescued and are now living with us because they wouldn’t survive out at sea. Dry Tortugas National Park is the most active turtle nesting site in the Florida […]

Fin vs. Flipper

  Fins have no true bones or skeletal structure within and are composed primarily of cartilage. A flipper has a bone structure as well as cartilage, joints, and tendons. If  you x-ray the flipper of a dolphin it looks almost identical to a  human arm from the shoulder down to the fingers.  

Interactive Tours

Come on in, the waters fine! Join us for our tours as we get up close and personal in our touch tank. We are open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm. We have made our aquarium specifically to make your experience more exciting and educational. You are welcome to join us at your […]

Why Are Mangroves Important In The Florida Keys

All along the Florida Keys, you will see bushes between the ocean and the shore, and covering all the islands that surround us. These “bushes” are called mangroves. There are three types of mangroves in the Florida Keys: Red, White, and Black. These mangroves are important. Not only to the ocean and sea creatures, but […]

Our Macaws and Hawk

Fortunately, blue and gold macaws have faired better in captivity as pets. Originally from Central and South America, blue and gold macaws can grow up to nearly 35 inches and can weigh up to 3.3 pounds. In addition to their bright and alluring colors, the macaw also has a very sturdy beak that it often […]

Facts About Invasive Species of Marine Life In Florida

From the lionfish, to the iguana, to the Burmese python, the Key West Aquarium is becoming home to many invasive species in Southern Florida. That is why we will soon be opening up a new tank just to house invasive species. While these invasive creatures are not welcome in most parts of Florida, we want […]

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