Marine Science Research Center Tour


There’s more than meets the eye at the Aquarium! See scientific research in action on a tour of Ripley’s Marine Science Research Center, our state-of-the-art quarantine and research facility. You’ll go behind the scenes to get a firsthand look at how Ripley’s Aquariums rescue and care for animals.

Splash into the science of the Aquarium with your guide as they educate you on the Aquarium’s scientific research, daily animal care, and conservation efforts.


  • Aquarium admission is required for purchase. Marine Science Research Center Tours can only be purchased as a ticket add-on online or in person at Guest Services.
  • Tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.
  • Ripley’s Marine Science Research Center is off-site. Transportation is included with your ticket.
  • You must meet your guide at Guest Services 15 minutes prior to your tour’s scheduled start time.
  • Must be 8 years of age or older to participate.
  • If you have any questions about this tour, please email or call (843) 916-0888 ext 3233.


Marine Science Research Center Tour

Myrtle Beach is Ripley’s hub for scientific research. The Marine Science Research Center made waves in spring 2022 by producing the world’s first successful birth by artificial insemination of a sand tiger shark, advancing research and species survival. Named “Rip” after the company’s founder, Robert LeRoy Ripley, this pup marked a significant step for its species around the world.

Did you know sand tiger sharks have a low natural reproductive rate, with females only producing up to two pups every two or three years? Globally, these sharks are listed as a vulnerable species, and in some areas of the world are endangered because of commercial fishing.


Marine Science Research Center Tour

From sea turtles to sawfish, Ripley’s Aquarium is constantly on the defense for animals around the world… even the underdogs! On your tour, meet Cheddar, the orange lobster who was rescued from a Red Lobster® restaurant in Hollywood, Florida. Employees at the restaurant immediately noticed Cheddar’s beautiful, bright orange color, and they went on a mission to rescue the unique crustacean. Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach answered the call and happily welcomed the extremely rare orange lobster — a one-in-30-million find — to the Marine Science Research Center.

Did you know Cheddar’s vibrant shell is caused by a genetic mutation that causes it to produce more of a particular protein than other lobsters? Other uncommon colors like blue and white occur as well!


Marine Science Research Center Tour

Curious to see how we maintain such a bustling marine facility? Discover the wonders of Ripley’s Aquariums and come face-to-face with aquatic animals like never before on the Marine Science Research Center Tour. Your tour guide, knowledgeable on every nook and cranny of the Aquarium, will be there to answer questions throughout your visit — leaving no shell unturned!

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