Indoor Mangrove Exhibit Saltwater Aquariums Interactive Stations Half Moon Wreckage

Art Exhibit

Nicole Salcedo
Nectar of the Sable Palm

Opening Reception
Sunday, April 16th, 2017 3pm - 6pm

April 16th - June 18th 2017

Indoor Mangrove Exhibit

Our new indoor Mangrove exhibit is a recreation of an actual Mangrove habitat, including live animals, changes in tide, and living Mangrove trees.

Saltwater Aquariums

Come see our three salt water aquarium tanks that display the most unusual and strikingly beautiful sea flora and fauna found here in the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of South Florida!

Interactive Flora, Fauna, and Indigenous Stations

We also have several interactive stations where you may touch the diversity of preserved and dried sea shells, seeds, sponges, turtle shells and their heads, birds, owls, bats, insects, arachnids, animal bones, and listen to the story about the Tequesta Indians while observing artifacts from archeological digs.

Don't forget your binoculars to do some birdwatching from our bird observatory!

When you visit, take part in a survey to tell us what you think about the new exhibits!

Half Moon Wreckage

The View from Down Under

Half Moon lies imbedded in white sand on a shallow shoal off Key Biscayne, listing slightly to port, bow pointing southward. No traces of her masts are left and the starboard side has been broken outward, probably the result of a larger vessel colliding with the wreck. The yacht's internal framing is readily apparent, as are the forward anchor chain fittings and the bowsprit collar. The shipwreck is home to many species of tropical marine life, including fish, invertebrates, sponges, and corals.

The wreckage of Half Moon provides an ideal haven for a myriad of marine life. Just outside Bear Cut, soft corals and sponges thrive on the hull while damsel fish and juvenille reef fishes hide in cavities beneath the deck. A curious pair of angelfish inspect all visitors to their home.

Please visit this preserve with care and respect.

For more information on this state underwater archeological preserve visit the Half Moon exhibit at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, or call us at 305-361-6767.