Coasts, Reefs and Open Oceans

Make a splash and immerse yourself in everything marine at the last signature event at our current location in Coconut Grove!

June 11-14, 2015

Sponsored by Shelly and Marko Dimitrijevic, Underwater Festival Founders

Join the conversation! #UnderwaterFest

Science Up Close (Thursday) Event Flyer: Science Up Close June 11

Miami Underwater Festival (Saturday & Sunday) Event Flyer: Miami Underwater Festival 2015

Miami Underwater Festival (Saturday & Sunday) Event Schedule: Miami Underwater Festival Weekend Schedule

Miami Underwater Festival #UnderwaterFest Twitter Chat

Thursday, June 11, 2015
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

From sharks and lionfish to issues affecting our oceans, join the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science as we discuss all things “marine” with experts in the field, leading up to the Museum’s 4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival. Learn more, ask questions and share your own thoughts during our Twitter chat on Thursday, June 11, from 3 p.m. To 4 p.m. EST.

The Host: Karlisa Callwood, @PPFMoS

The Panelists:

  • Gabriela Barrocas, @CappSci
  • Chelle King, @muvemiami
  • Ashley Luke, @COSEEFlorida
  • David Shiffman, @WhySharksMatter
  • Ta-Shana Taylor, Lecturer from University of Miami’s Department of Geological Sciences, @TashanaTaylor

How does it work?

  • Log in to Twitter before the chat starts at 3:00 p.m. and be sure to follow @PPFMoS.
  • Head over to Enter the hashtag #UnderwaterFest into the search bar and select the “All” search option to follow the chat in real time.
  • Remember to always add the hashtag #UnderwaterFest to your tweets.
  • We’ll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own responses. Or ask questions of your own!

Science Up Close: Romance on the Reef: When Threatened Coral Species Mate

Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129)

Event Flyer: Science Up Close June 11

The 4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival kicks off with the fifth edition of the Museum’s popular Science Up Close event series, an evening of casual science conversations, with this evening featuring Nicole D. Fogarty, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University’s College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography.

Romance on the Reef: When Threatened Coral Species Mate

Many corals reproduce only once a year in a highly synchronized spawning event. During coral spawning the sea becomes a snowstorm of pink spheres full of eggs and sperm. Sometimes the egg and sperm from different species, such as the threatened elkhorn and staghorn corals, can meet and fertilize to form a fused staghorn. Unlike sterile mules, these coral hybrids can be reproductive and survive, and in some cases thrive better than the parental species. For instance, unlike the parental species, the fused staghorn coral can live in very shallow water that is susceptible to extreme temperature fluctuations, high UV irradiance, and high wave energy. Dr. Fogarty will take you on a journey of the fascinating phenomena of coral spawning, and how a hybrid may benefit shallow coral reefs.

Acclaimed marine scientists, researchers, and graduate students will lead small group discussions following the presentation. 

Guests will enjoy music by the Frost School of Music along with complimentary beverages by Wynwood Brewing Company and Vita Coco. The Museum’s Sea Lab will be open during the event for guests to experience.

This installment of Science Up Close is generously sponsored by COSEE Florida. Admission is free to the public but RVSP is required at

Planting and Beach Clean Up at Virginia Key North Point presented by MUVE

Saturday, June 13
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Virginia Key North Point

Give back during the 4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival and join the Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE), the volunteer based habitat restoration project of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, to plant hammock species at the Virginia Key North Point restoration site.

Plants include cocoplum, seagrape, and seven-year-apple. Volunteers will learn how to use the iNaturalist and Marine Debris Tracker apps to document animals and plants inhabiting the site.

Following the clean up, volunteers will be able to attend Saturday’s Miami Underwater Festival at the Museum at no charge.

To learn more about MUVE and to register for this volunteer opportunity, please click here.

4th Annual Miami Underwater Festival

Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.*
Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science (3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129)

*The Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 pm. Sunday programming will include Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert.

Children 12 and under are free with paid adult admission.

Event Flyer: Miami Underwater Festival 2015

Miami Underwater Festival (Saturday & Sunday) Event Schedule: Miami Underwater Festival Weekend Schedule

BLUE on Tour Film Schedule: Miami Underwater Festival 2015 Film Schedule

Activities by community partners on Saturday and Sunday include:

  • Dive into the marine world with breathtaking underwater films from BLUE On Tour, the touring arm of the world-renowned BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit.
  • Learn how to build your own aquarium.
  • Explore a beautiful display of moon jellyfish in a special aquarium provided by Florida Marine Aquarium Society.
  • Dissect a lionfish (and see a live one on display) courtesy of Biscayne National Park.
  • Discover where science meets filmmaking with a special screening of WPPBT2’s Changing Seas Saving Sawfish episode and meet the filmmakers.
  • Explore boat, water, and ocean safety with Shake-a-leg Miami, South Florida YMCA, and Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Ocean Bureau.
  • Learn about conservation and shark tagging with Sharks 4 Kids and @whysharksmatter’s David Shiffman.
  • Participate in a workshop to learn about underwater photography with the Sanibel Sea School.
  • Discover the world of coral reefs and meet with NOAA scientists who are exploring their futures.
  • Learn about exciting new opportunities with the Museum’s partner, CappSci, who are leading the efforts around the new CappSci Inventors competition and the Knight Cities Challenge-winning, Miami Science Barge.
  • Enjoy a special screening of the nationally aired ScubaNation episode Reef Explorers, then meet the stars.
  • Learn how to get involved with coral restoration efforts with the University of Miami’s Rescue A Reef program.
  • Get your hands wet and touch some real life sea critters in the museum’s Sea Lab and much more.
  • Ocean-themed Curious Vault Collaborations table, where guests can see where science and art meet.
  • Plus shark and squid dissections, demos, and many more hands-on activities.

Sunday programming only presented by Smithsonian Latino Center’s ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert:

  • ¡Descubra! Featured Speaker Sonia Ortega, marine biologist and currently with the National Science Foundation, as well as ¡Descubra! national collaborating organizations including the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (providing resources such as the SHPE parent tool kit), local chapters of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and featured education and outreach activities from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Smithsonian Marine Station will also be collaborating on this program, showcasing featured research and activities related to marine sciences.
  • The ¡Descubra! Create-It hands-on section will feature activities by the Smithsonian Latino Center and science educator Modesto Tamez on marine mammal sound communication.

The ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert collaboration with the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is made possible through program support provided by Telemundo and the Learning is Succeeding/Aprender es Triunfar Initiative. To learn more about our partner’s educational resources please visit or

In addition, visitors can enjoy “Under the Sea,” an exhibit of 13 images from the 2015 University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Underwater Photography Contest. The stunning images reveal the secret beauties and mysteries of ocean life. The exhibit runs through the end of August in the Museum’s Space Gallery.

Limited parking available at the museum; additional complimentary parking will be available at La Salle High School (3601 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL, 33129). Shuttle service will be available from La Salle to the Museum.

All daytime programming is free with paid museum admission.