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The Florida Aquarium debuts new exhibit: “Heart of the Sea”

When  The  Florida Aquarium officially opens its  brand-new exhibit, “Heart of the Sea,” on Saturday, Oct. 6, it will be a totally new experience in a completely reimagined gallery. Come learn  about  the work done at The Florida Aquarium’s  Center for Conservation. The exhibit will be the main attraction in the “Waves of Wonder Gallery” (formerly the “Ocean Commotion” gallery) that was recently given an entirely new look.  Kids can see Aquarium team members care for a wide variety of aquatic animals, learn about how baby coral is being grown in the ocean nurseries, and so much more. Here are five really cool things for your family to experience in Heart of the Sea:

  • Behind the scenes care– The new exhibit will include a corral at the top where animal care will happen.  Two 70-inch monitors on the edges of the main viewing window give kids  up-close  views of their favorite sea animals experiencing feedings, enrichment activities and wellness checks in the corral and around the habitat.  Heart of the Sea
  • Swim with Sea Turtles and Sharks– Heart of the Sea offers a brand-new snorkel experience. Get ready to swim with a variety of sea animals including sea turtles, stingrays, goliath groupers, nurse sharks and bonnet head sharks.  The snorkel experience is an additional cost to general admission Children and adults of all abilities ages 6 and older may participate.  Heart of the Sea
  • New Dive Show– Watch divers plunge into 100,000 gallons of water while performing a show centered on the Aquarium’s conservation efforts to save coral reefs. It’s an interactive experience where audience members are chosen to participate by picking different camera angles to see different parts of the exhibit.  Heart of the Sea
  • Coral trees– Heart of the Sea will have PVC coral trees with artificial coral hanging to show how The Florida Aquarium grows coral in the ocean nurseries. Coral reefs provide safe homes for sea life and protect  our  coastlines . The scientist s at The Florida Aquarium are growing coral at the Aquarium’s Center for Conservation to help save the future of coral reefs.  Heart of the Sea
  • Up-close views- A  5-camera system will be able to show views of the exhibit from many different angles. This is a great way for the kids to see the daily life of their favorite sea animals.  


Heart of the Sea

Come see why The Florida Aquarium is a top  USA TODAY-ranked aquarium in North America; a  Trip Advisor  top 10 Aquarium in the country; and a  Parents Magazine  top 5 “Kid-Friendly” aquarium . The Florida Aquarium experience  is  designed  to take you on a journey, starting with a drop of water from one of Florida’s many  freshwater springs, all the way out to the open waters of the Florida Keys.

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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