Sea Mobile Traveling Aquarium Is Coming to Crestview

A unique opportunity for students to learn about marine creatures is coming to the Crestview Library on September 19th.  The Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories, headquartered in Panacea, Florida, is bringing its mobile aquarium, complete with 450 gallons of saltwater aquariums, touch tanks and viewing microscopes.

The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab Sea Mobile includes:

  • Five touch tanks with safe to handle species such as: starfish, sea urchins, conchs, crabs, sponges and a variety of other interesting and colorful sea life from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Seven aquariums to view animals to look at such as: stingrays, seahorses, sea anemones, octopus, stone crabs, file fish, gorgonians, shrimp, and a variety of fish and invertebrates from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Two light microscopes with video camera adapters hooked to 2 LCD 46 inch flat screen televisions that allow visitors to see the intricate details of a sponge or tiny creatures such as amphipods swimming across the screen.

At their website, you can see photos of the exhibit and read a letter from a fifth-grade science teacher detailing the benefits to her students. http://www.gulfspecimen.org/sea-mobile/.  The traveling education exhibit is interesting for all ages but is especially good for middle-school students.  

The Sea Mobile will be parked at the Crestview Library from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015.  The library is located at 1445 Commerce Drive, just off north Hwy 85 in Crestview, Florida.