Marine Biology Field Trip
The Florida Aquarium
Feb. 16, 2005
During the year we have taken a taxonomic approach to studying marine organisms. When we finished learning about all marine organisms, our class took a field trip to the Florida Aquarium to see live specimens of these organisms. We were fortunate to get a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium. It was amazing to see the types and amounts of food which much be shipped and prepared on a daily basis to feed all of the animals. We were able to watch the divers cleaning all of the "coral" in the large coral reef environment. The tanks are cleaned daily. In fact, if you have your diving license you can become a volunteer and dive in the tanks to help clean them or even dive in the shark tank! We were able to see how a big ship delivers 1000's of gallons of sea water from the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. After the behind the scenes tour, we did the "regular" tour. It was great to observe these animals in their "habitat". Some areas you could even touch the animals! It was a terrific educational and fun trip!!!! Scroll down to see photos of our trip.
Click Below to see what we saw using the webcam at the Florida Aquarium !!!
the equipment that keeps the large coral reef tank running smoothly
the divers are cleaning each piece of coral.....this is done daily
Thousands of dollars of donations are needed every year to sustain these animals
preparing food for the iguanas
The kids try a sample of "gator food"
view from above the shark tank
What a group!!!!!!!