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Florida Aquarium - Tampa, Florida
By: Masha Persanova

The Florida Aquarium is among the top Aquariums in the world. If you want to learn a lot about aquatic habitats and see different animals and plants related to the Florida ecosystem, you should visit the Florida Aquarium. You can easily spend the whole day in the Aquarium in downtown Tampa. It’s a huge, 200,000 square-feet, three-story, glass domed building. Exhibits include; the Florida Wetlands Gallery, which displays a cypress swamp, mangrove roots, and a river with otters. You also can enjoy exploring the Florida bays and beaches Gallery, which contains freshwater and saltwater displays and the Coral Reefs Gallery, which show many fish and colorful reefs. Numerous sharks, rays, spineless wonders and other sea creatures from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean are also present in the aquarium.


If you are a certified SCUBA-diver 15 years old or older and bring face-mask, swimming suit and towel you can have an experience of your lifetime – diving with the Sharks. This experience will put you up close and personal with the ocean’s top predator on every dive.  The purpose of the diving with sharks program is dispelling the widespread myth that sharks are man-eaters. The divers will exit the shark cage with the aquarium diving instructor and position themselves on the bottom of the exhibit for optimal viewing of the sharks. The cost of diving is $150 and includes Aquarium admission.


I was impressed to see one of the most unique and rare aquatic animals the Australian Sea dragoons. They look almost like plants. These creatures are representing a group of animals whose population is in a severe decline. A special export permit is required in order to display these sea dragoons. The exhibit also features Florida’s dwarf seahorse. Only one-inch tall when full-grown, they live in sea-grass meadows.

The Aquarium also has an outdoor children’s play area with a 24-foot pirate ship and water jets. Click Here for our Florida Slide Show!

For more information visit http://www.flaquarium.org

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