July 14, 2016

Last night, we went to ‘Business After Hours’ from 5:30 – 7:30 at Aquarium Encounters (http://www.floridakeysaquariumencounters.com), here in Marathon.   This ‘Business After Hours’ is put on by the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  Because Marathon Boat Yard and Marine Center is a member, and because I (Karen) am employed by MBYMC, the employees get the benefit of attending the fun stuff.

This monthly event is held at various locations ‘of interest’ in Marathon.   An informal dinner and drinks are served and the guests are invited to enjoy the venue.   It stormed while were there, but I got just a few pictures; nothing great, though.

Giant Grouper

The fish, turtles and crustaceans on display there are all from this area.  Flip and I have actually seen the Giant Groupers in the wild, right near our boat.

File Fish

We have not seen these File fish in the wild, however.  They are very thin, with a grotesquely small opening for their mouth.

Aquarium Encounters offers just what the name implies.  For a steep price, a visitor can buy various packages of interaction with the fish.  With the cost of the $20 admission, however, there are a few areas where you can touch and feel.  There is a ray pool where you can feed and touch, as well as another ‘pool’ with horseshoe crabs, anemones, starfish, whelks and shrimp.

While I was waiting in line for the food, feeling like I was wasting my time, I observed the following:

Mangrove roots
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Anole (?)  I have seen these in North Carolina

Then the rain came…

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And the thunder and lightning.

Did you know that Florida is the lightning capital of the US?


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