© Key West Aquarium
The Aquarium is divided into six main exhibits:
· American Alligators-The American Alligator exhibit houses gators that are between 1-3 years of age that are on loan from an alligator farm in Florida. When they reach a certain age or size, they are returned and replaced with younger alligators.
· Atlantic Shores Exhibit- This exhibit features tropical and game fish, sharks, sea turtles and a living mangrove ecosystem. Tour guides offer interactive feeds three times per day for 20 minute presentations where they discuss the importance of the ecosystem, conservation and feed the large game fish and sharks. This exhibit is 50 thousand gallons of saltwater and was once a parking lot adjacent to the aquarium.
· Jelly Fish- Moon Jelly Fish are not poisonous but can produce a sharp sting and are found all around Key West. These creatures can be seen in this exhibit in an ethereal and mythical setting.
· Sea Turtle Conservation- Key West Aquarium is dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles and rescuing injured sea turtles of any size or age. They currently have four sea turtles that are being rehabilitated under resident veterinarian Dr. Douglas Mader. Programs are offered on safe boating practices, and water conservation.
· Shark Feeding- Four tours are offered per day where visitors can participate in feeding the nurse, sandbar and bonnet head sharks. After the feeding programs, guests have the chance to meet a juvenile nurse shark up close and touch its tail.
· Stingray Bay- One of the newest exhibits at Key West Aquarium, Stingray Bay offers a hands-on experience to visitors where they can pet and feed sting rays that are native to the Atlantic. These sting rays are related to Manta rays are very docile and friendly. There are 20 minute guided, interactive feeding tours available as well. The largest sting rays in this exhibit are 26 pounds and up to 35 inches in width.
· Touch Tank- Another hands-on experience at the aquarium is the touch tank where guests can explore the museum history and interact with the lower keys eco system creatures such as conchs, sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and crabs.