MarineQuest 2012 offers educational fun, chance to see 'mystery eyeball'

ST. PETERSBURG - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) welcomes the public to the 18th annual MarineQuest open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.

At this free event, visitors of all ages can experience the fascinating world of science at FWRI headquarters, 100 8th Ave. SE, in downtown St. Petersburg.

Held in conjunction with the second annual St. Petersburg Science Festival, MarineQuest offers more than 60 exhibits from FWRI and other government agencies and conservation groups.

MarineQuest 2012 features live fish and wildlife, including alligators, sharks and rays, and an alligator snapping turtle weighing in at over 100 pounds.

FWRI biologists demonstrate how they rescue distressed manatees, tag fish and monitor red tide. Visitors can even catch a glimpse of the "mystery eyeball" found recently in Pompano Beach.

Free event parking is available at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg parking garage at the corner of 5th Avenue S. and 3rd Street S.

For more information about MarineQuest, please visit http://myfwc.com/research/about/outreach/marinequest/ .

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