Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Tarpon Springs Aquarium
John and I have visited the town of Tarpon Springs several times in the past. However I do not believe that I have written a posting on it. Briefly, Tarpon Springs was an important center for sponge fishing when Greek divers came to the area in the early 1900s. The industry is not thriving as it had been, but the Greek influence is still present and can be noticed in the sponge shops, restaurants and bakeries of the town today. There is sponge fishing exhibitions, John and I took a cruise in the past to see the sponge divers at work.
The aquarium has a simulated coral reef complete with tropical plants and fish. I was immediately drawn to it because it was so colorful. A sign near the display notes that coral reefs are the most biodiverse environment in the world. More tropical plants and animals are found on them than anywhere else in the world.