Perdido Key’s Visitor Center is home to a 403-gallon pirate ship-themed aquarium, designed by the team of Animal Planet’s hit show, “Tanked.”
This unique attraction includes sea life that can be found in the Gulf of Mexico showcased in a 6ft long, 3ft wide, and 3ft high tank mounted on the stern of a 14ft long pirate ship, complete with sails and a treasure chest. The exhibit includes educational components for residents and guests of all ages to learn about and appreciate the aquatic life in the Perdido area, as well as an informative feature on the invasive lionfish that are currently impacting our local marine ecosystem.
“Tanked” stars, Wayde King and Brett Raymer, brought the tank to life after the Chamber of Commerce received a promotional grant following the 2010 BP Oil Spill in the Gulf. Their company has produced over-the-top aquariums for fish enthusiasts, using unique methods of display for function and form. They have created custom tanks at restaurants, casinos, churches, museums, zoos, and more all over the world.
Over the years, publicity from the ‘Tanked’ episode has helped to bring many aquarium enthusiasts and tourists back to Perdido Key. As a community prized possession, local businesses in Perdido Key have offered to help take care of the tank’s maintenance through the “Adopt a Fish Program.” Sponsors are able to “adopt” one of the fish in the aquarium and give them a name. They are also recognized and displayed on the tank itself in the visitor center.
Stop in the Perdido Key Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce located at 15500 Perdido Key Drive to see the Pirate Ship Themed Fish Tank anytime or during one of the regularly scheduled live feedings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 AM.