The re-energized focus on Long Island Sound's story is obvious in the colorfully redesigned main hall, which has been renamed Newman's Own Hall in celebration of a $1.2 million grant from Newman's Own Foundation."

–  The Norwalk Citizen

Exhibits & Animals

Blue Crab Fun Fact

Blue crabs are good swimmers. Their specially adapted pair of back legs are "swimmerets" that help move them effectively through the water.



Your Aquarium Journey
Your Aquarium Journey
The Sound and Beyond
Hokin Family Sound Voyage galleries
Rivers to the Sound
Depths of the Sound
The Ocean Beyond the Sound
Jellyfish Encounter
Sea Turtles

Rivers to the Sound

Aquar.otter.Belle2 for webLeaving the salt marsh, visitors enter a river-woodlands habitat stocked with salmon and sturgeon, which share a special ability: they migrate as adults from the salty ocean up freshwater rivers to spawn. (Going from sea water to freshwater would kill most species of fish.)

Also migrating from salt to fresh water are eels in a special exhibit that looks like an urban culvert.

Displays in this gallery explain the Long Island Sound watershed, which encompasses all the rivers and streams, large and small, that directly and indirectly empty into the Sound. Here, visitors see that the Sound’s watershed reaches all the way to Canada (where the Connecticut River starts) and discover that you don’t need to live right on the Sound to affect the health of the Sound.

On display are reptiles that live in watershed and woodland habitats: snakes and turtles, even a big snapping turtle named Franklin.

This woodlands habitat also features Lew and Levi, two playful North American river otters that splash in a waterfall, frolic in 1,200- and 2,800-gallon pools, and explore their simulated woodlands shoreline. Look for special changing "enrichments" in their exhibit to keep them busy!

Swim with our river otter!


Meet 'Levi' our new river otter


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Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound

and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,

it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science,

and environmental education.


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