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What You'll Get
Due to gravity, non-aquatic animals are limited to a single-dimensional plane of movement, with the exception of birds and monkeys who have learned to burrow. Watch animals float up the z-axis with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two admissions to the Florida Oceanographic Society on Hutchinson Island in Stuart (up to a $20 value).
The Florida Oceanographic Society preserves the integral bond between the panhandle state and its watery borders by soaking brain sponges in aquatic knowledge to stimulate environmental stewardship. Straddling the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center comprises 57 acres of marine life, including a 750,000-gallon game-fish lagoon, stingray reef, and sea-turtle roller-derby track. Animals on display might include hogfish, porkfish, or applesauce sea stars, each eponymously branded with their favorite foods. Visitors can embark on a guided, mile-loop trek toward the lagoon through native plants and mangrove swamps to learn about coastal ecosystems and sea-turtle conservation. Like their Empire State cousins, sea turtles nesting on the Floridian coast must fend off predators both animal and anthropomorphic while struggling to overcome environmental threats from debris and toxic ooze. Back at the Oceanographic tank, stingrays ripple along the bottom, inviting adventurous hands to pet their slippery surface without fear of being stung by their clipped barbs or clever retorts.
In addition to onsite programs and online activities, the Florida Oceanographic Society also leads research efforts aimed at restoring oyster reefs and native plants. The Center’s conservation programs inspire future generations while helping maintain local marine ecosystems.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 12, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center
A sea turtle proudly displays its intricately patterned shell. A stingray safely brushes its sleek skin against a child’s hand, grazing the top of a 10,000-gallon tank. A bird splashes into mangrove swamps to snatch fish. Sensory experiences like these occur on a regular basis at the 57-acre Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island, sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. As the headquarters for the nonprofit Florida Oceanographic Society, the center strives to both educate the public and inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems.
Among the center's many activities, visit the Sea Star Touch Tank Pavilion and watch a live feeding at the 750,000-gallon Gamefish Lagoon, home to nurse sharks, stingrays, and over 30 species of fish. Educational programs throughout the day explore the lives of sea turtles and discuss characteristics of local fish and the Indian River Lagoon, one of North America's most bio-diverse estuaries. Visitors learn about the local environment that Florida Oceanographic Society works to protect and restore though research, education and advocacy.