Welcome to the Tide Pool Touch tank. In here we have a variety of local invertebrates that you are welcome to explore with. Please note that these animals cannot breathe above the water surface. So please, while exploring keep the animals in the water and always use a gentle hand.
Starting with our two protected species, which is the Queen Conch and the Bahama Seastar. Conchs are very popular in the Florida Keys. They have been protected since the 1980s. These beautiful snails were well over fished for their delicious meat. Snails and all marine molusks do produce the shell that they are in, so this snail is attached to its shell and has been from the very start.
The Bahama Seastar is another very popular animal. These beautiful vibrant stars are the largest of the species that we have here in South Florida. Unfortunately, due to the fact that they were over collected to be kept, dried and used as a souvenir makes the Bahama Seastar a protected species.
Another species that we have in here is the Horseshoe crab. Although, they are not a crab at all. These animals have been around for millions of years, actually preceding dinosaurs at about 4 1/2 million years ago. Horseshoe crabs will shed their exoskeletons each time they molt.
Don't forget to check out our Seahorse Exhibit. This is not apart of our touch tank. These seahorse feed on brine shrimp that is still alive.
Before we go to the other side of our aquarium don't forget to visit our Eagle Ray Cafe, hunt for sharks teeth and visit Vaca Cut.
Now let's continue and cross over Tarpon Basin bridge to the Everglades area.