Saturday, October 22nd, marks another Florida Fish and Wildlife MARINEQUEST 2016!
This free event for families is right on the waterfront in downtown St. Petersburg at 100 8th Avenue Southeast. With the weather finally changing, it’s a great way to learn all about our waters and wildlife. Each year during MarineQuest, the agency brings out booth after booth of all thing Tampa Bay and water related, its an open house to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Agency and it’s right here in our backyard!
There are hands on activities like a pet tank aquarium where you can touch a shark and a ray. How often have your kids ever held a native Florida gator?
There are teaching exhibits where you learn just how far a green sea turtle travels in its lifetime and how hard it is to lay those eggs on the beach.
They also work to make sure the little ones are as entertained as the older ones with craft booths. Have your kids tried the Japanese practice of gyotaka, where you apply paint to the outside of a fish and then press the fish onto rice paper. What a great way to remember that “big catch”!
There are even lab displays for your budding chemist!
Having grown up here my entire life, I’m always amazed at MarineQuest and the job that the Florida Fish and Wildlife does with this event. I feel like I learn something new each year.
My favorite little fact I learned completely at MarineQuest is about fighting conch shells. Each year mature shells shed their casing, the casing are those snake like things you see washed up on the shore, I always thought this was some gross form of sea grass. But on the inside of the casing are how the conch shells produce their offspring. Hundreds of little shells are released in those casings. Since learning this at MarineQuest my girls and I often pick up those “gross” beach snakes and look inside for little baby shells, both my girls have small containers of them in their room. I love to collect shells but never knew this little secret, have you ever wondered what those snake things are?
Enjoy the weather and being outdoors by checking out MarineQuest 2016 on the 22nd! This weather is why we put up with everything all summer, right?!
Have you ever been to MarineQuest? Did you even know it was a cool local event? What’s your favorite part?