Discover Marine Worms at the Aquarium this July

June 20, 2019

Discover the Wild, Weird and Wonderful World
 Of Marine Worms at the Aquarium This July

Enjoy free admission to the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 during International Polychaete Discovery Day and learn more about the coolest marine worms on our planet.

There are more than 10,000 species of polychaete worms around the world that can be found in some of the coldest marine environments to some of the hottest near hydrothermal vents.  They can also be found in the shallowest of waters to the deepest known spots on Earth.

During International Polychaete Discovery Day, kids can participate in a fun, mock “worm dissection” with Smithsonian educators using delicious gummy worms at 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. Meet a real Smithsonian Marine Station scientist who studies polychaetes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  See live polychaetes for yourself while learning what makes these animals so unique.

The living model ecosystems at the Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit at the St. Lucie County Aquarium are a wonderful way to learn more about our oceans and lagoon while having a wonderful time with family and friends.

The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit is located in the St. Lucie County Aquarium at 420 Seaway Drive on South Hutchinson Island in Fort Pierce. The Smithsonian Marine Station has teamed with St. Lucie County and other community partners to create this unique educational facility. The Exhibit is an outreach effort of the Smithsonian Marine Station, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. A fixture in the Fort Pierce community for over 45 years, the Marine Station is dedicated to understanding the character and diversity of the marine and estuarine habitats of Florida. For more information, visit