Florida Aquarium

Another day, another aquarium. Today, it’s the Florida Aquarium in downtown Tampa. Its focus is on the local animals you find in Florida. The Wetlands Trail is especially interesting, providing views of the natural environment, with minimum barriers for the guest. I felt like I was transported to a wild mangrove swamp, no longer in a building in a busy downtown.

It was also a great opportunity to learn the effect that introduced species, like the Burmese Python and Lion Fish, have on Florida waters. These species are multiplying unchecked and harming existing species because they have no predators or natural controls in the this new ecosystem.

It was great visit with an interactive staff who inform and educate.