It was the TradeWinds President and CEO Keith Overton who came up with the idea of a destination-worthy fish tank for RumFish Grill restaurant & bar. Offering an immersive look into the new ecosystems with four aquariums, the RumFish Beach Resort guests and visitors can explore sealife up close on St.Pete Beach. The lucky swimmers, ages 8 years old and up, have the exclusive privilege to experience what it’s like to snorkel in the 33,500-gallon tank built by our friends from Animal Planet’s hit show TANKED. Locals and area visitors can now take the plunge into something totally unique by signing up for the “Swim with the Fishes” program. The tank features regional fish that are indigenous to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico including:
- Snook - there are five different species of snook that inhabit Florida waters: common snook, small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook, and tarpon snook.
- Grouper - as the Gulf of Mexico's water temperate drops, grouper begins to move closer to the shore, seeking bait and the comfort of warmer, shallow water.
- Tarpon - the World record for this green or steel blue colored fish is 286 pounds, 9 ounces while the Florida record is 243 pounds.
- Southern Stingrays - these non-aggressive animals have large, flat, diamond-shaped disks without distinct heads.
- Frankie, green moray eel - the yellow tint of the mucus that covers its body, in combination with the drab background color, gives the fish its namesake green color, but this eel is actually brown.
Lionfish, an invasive species now causing havoc on the reefs of Florida and the Caribbean, are featured in the predator tank in the bar area. Restaurant gift cards can be purchased online and can be mailed out or picked up at the RumFish Beach Resort's concierge desk.