New Shark Aquarium To Open In The Florida Keys

by | Apr 20, 2014 | Equipment, Fish, Tanks | 0 comments

The Florida Keys is a mecca for tourists who are drawn to its beautiful reefs and scenery. A new aquarium being opened in Marathon hopes to catch some of the tourist traffic.

Main Shark Tank at the Florida Keys Aquarium

Main Shark Tank at the Florida Keys Aquarium

The Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters grand opening is planned for July 1st, 2014 and will be located on Mile Marker 53. A unique element about the aquarium is the shark tank that will allow guests to feed the sharks. The Shark tank will feature a 10 feet tall,  200,000 gallon tank with openings on the side, which visitors can use to feed the sharks. The sharks are being collected by Marathon based Dynasty Marine Associates. According to the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters facebook page, there will be also be an interactive sting ray tank.

The aquarium will feature an interactive sting ray tank.

The aquarium will feature an interactive sting ray tank.

As a frequent visitor to the Florida Keys myself, the new aquarium will be a welcome addition to the area. Having worked in the public aquarium industry for many years, I am glad to see that the sharks are being sourced from Dynasty Marine, a recognized and responsible leader in supplying sharks for public aquariums worldwide.

Source: KeysInfoNet by Ryan Mccarthy

  • Francis Yupangco

    Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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