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The Florida Aquarium to hold second special weekend dedicated to its research and conservation efforts. What: Corals take center stage at The Florida Aquarium on February 17 and 18 with activities
The Florida Aquarium to hold second special weekend dedicated to its research and conservation efforts.
What: Corals take center stage at The Florida Aquarium on February 17 and 18 with activities and fun for all ages, FREE with regular admission.
When: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, 2018
Where: The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602
Come celebrate the importance of corals. During the weekend festivities, guests can experience a variety of fun and educational coral-themed activities throughout the Aquarium from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn from coral scientists during special presentations by Rachel Serafin, Keri O’Neil and Shawn Garner, and hear about the Aquarium’s cool coral collaborations to help reefs recover from tough times in the ocean. Win a prize from a coral-tastic scavenger hunt, create-a-coral-tree, meet underwater farmers and get crafty. Be sure to visit animals that call coral reefs their home like stingrays, eels, reef fishes, sand tiger sharks and much more!
Did you know corals are not plants or rock, they are actually animals? In fact, they are related to ocean jellies and sea anemones. Corals are the building blocks of marine habitats and oxygen-giving marine organisms, and though they cover only about one percent of the ocean floor, they have a huge effect on the health of the rest of the ocean and the planet. That is why The Florida Aquarium is working hard to protect and restore our oceans and raise awareness about the many threats coral reefs face today, such as increasing water temperature, pollution and overfishing.
Below is a detailed schedule of the weekend’s events:
Saturday and Sunday
9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Fun, educational coral activities throughout the Aquarium
11 a.m.: Coral Conservation Conversation in the Mosaic Center
Learn about the Aquarium’s critical coral conservation work from The Florida Aquarium Center for Conservation’s Coral Nursery Manager and Biologist. You’ll learn about imperiled reefs in coastal Florida, how the Aquarium is working to save them and how you can help!
2 p.m.: How Coral Reefs Form & Coral ‘Fragging’ in the Coral Reef habitat room
Join one of the Aquarium Marine Biologists to see and learn how the Aquarium is reproducing staghorn coral through asexual reproduction, or more commonly known as ‘fragging’. You see this endangered species up-close and learn how you can help make a positive impact on our oceans.
17 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 18 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
Dr. Ari Fustukjian, DVM, CertAqV, and Associate Veterinarian at The Florida Aquarium A Tampa Bay area native, Ari Fustukjian grew up enchanted with the diverse array of wildlife found
Dr. Ari Fustukjian, DVM, CertAqV, and Associate Veterinarian at The Florida Aquarium
A Tampa Bay area native, Ari Fustukjian grew up enchanted with the diverse array of wildlife found in and around Florida’s rivers and beaches. After completing an undergraduate degree in biological science at The State University of NY (SUNY) Albany, he went on to obtain his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University in New York. Following completion of his DVM, he accepted the prestigious internship in aquatic animal medicine at The Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut. His “free” time has found him tracking timber rattlesnakes in the Adirondack mountains, seining for gobies in the Great Lakes, and neutering jaguars in the rainforests of Belize, always striving to learn more about the care and medicine of exotic creatures. Now returned to the Bay area as the Associate Veterinarian for The Florida Aquarium, Dr. Ari’s daily routine is anything but. From sharks to sea anemones, sea turtles to cephalopods, Dr. Ari strives every day provide top notch healthcare to all the animals in the Aquarium’s collection.
Join Dr. Ari as he talks about the rarely straightforward, often messy, always exciting world of aquatic animal medicine.