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Old Town Key West Guide

Best Things to Do in Old Town Old Town in Key West, Florida, is a historic district renowned for its charming architecture, vibrant culture, and fascinating history. This area is the centerpiece of Key West tourism, attracting visitors from all over the world who are drawn to its laid-back atmosphere and unique character. Old Town […]

Most Historic Landmarks In Key West

Are you a traveler looking for the ultimate exploration of beauty, history and culture? Look no further than Key West! This tropical island paradise at the edge of Florida is home to some of the world’s most renowned historic landmarks. Whether it’s exploring out-of-this-world architecture, discovering meaningful monuments or checking out what incredible historical artifacts […]

How To Enjoy Wildlife in a Sanctuary

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 […]

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  tropical fish for the aquarium trade is widely spreading. Without proper permits and transportation documents, marine tropical fish are seized by government officials. The seized property is placed in facilities […]

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 […]


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 c`oral. Individual tiny polyps form colonies that are normally erect, flattened, branching, and reminiscent of […]


Clownfish are also known as anemonefish, which is a genus of the pomacentridae family and consists of 29 recognized species. They primarily inhabit coral reefs in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They are also found as far north as the Red Sea and inhabit the Great Barrier Reef off the east coast of Australia. They […]

Caribbean Reef Octopus

The Caribbean Reef Octopus lives in warm waters around coral reef environments and grassy and rocky sea beds. There are more than 300 different species of octopus that have been identified. Considered the most intelligent of all invertebrates, the octopus is found in the tropical and temperate waters of the worlds oceans. They prey on […]

Nurse Sharks 101

Nurse Shark Anatomy: The sub-terminal mouth is placed well in front of the eyes. The spiracles are minute and moderately long barbels reach the mouth. Nasoral grooves are present, but there is no perinasal groove. The nurse shark is ovoviviparous, which means that the female shark carries the fertilized eggs in egg cases within her […]

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