Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium, Panacea

#6 of 8 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Panhandle
For specific details on events or orders please call our office at (850)984-5297. Established in 1963, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that provides marine life to schools and research laboratories. We also study endangered species and conduct research in mariculture, farming the edge of the sea. Today we are an integral part of numerous research programs all over the United States, Canada and Europe. In 1995, due to continued strong growth in interest and attendance, GSML began a program to more strongly emphasize educational programs for regional schools, aquarium display and public visitation.

Our sea urchins and sponges have been sent to outer space and have been studied using some of the most sophisticated technology our society has to offer. Yet as modern day “hunter gathers” we employ many of the simple harvesting techniques that Indians, who subsisted on this bountiful Panhandle coast used thousands of years ago.

Whether it’s beach combing, digging up creatures on tidal flats, diving or net fishing, we take only what is needed, strive to keep from damaging the fragile marine habitats, and actively oppose pollution and careless coastal development so that the sea will continue to bring forth. Please help us protect the earth which grows such strange and beautiful creatures. Support the preservation and protection of natural area and avoid over consumptive habits.
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  • So here is the thing-if you go expecting some fancy, large, sparkling, state of the art aquarium, you will be very disappointed. However, if you go realizing you are on the Forgotten Coast and experie...  more »
  • Our little family lived this place! It was very hands on with my young kids and they loved that. There favorite was the horseshoe crab exhibit! Highly recommend!  more »

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