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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
Open now through Jan. 2, 2017
The large humpback whale population in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off Cape Cod supports a popular whale-watching industry. And, for the first time in decades, at least three whales spent the late summer of 2015 in western Long Island Sound.
But humpbacks aren’t in New England waters year-round and their annual international migration is the focus of the special exhibit, “Animals Without Passports."
Displays explore the challenges of humpback whales’ annual 3,000-mile roundtrip migration between New England and the Caribbean. Learn when and why the whales migrate, and the hazards they face as they cross ocean borders, including being entangled in fishing gear, being hit by boats and ships, and encountering pollution, loud noises and degraded habitats.
The exhibit is installed in the lobby of The Maritime Aquarium’s IMAX® Theater because it is a perfect tie-in to the movie “Humpback Whales,” showing daily through May 26.
“Animals Without Passports” tells its story by focusing on one whale, a female humpback named Salt who has been studied by researchers for 40 years. Trace Salt’s “family tree” as you also learn how scientists identify and track individual whales. Learn how New England's only national marine sanctuary partners with sister sanctuaries along the charismatic species' migratory route.
See animals of land and sea, all with the word "dragon" in their names.
Explore facts and fictions about mythological dragons and their roles in cultures throughout time. Find similarities between real live dragons and fire-breathing dragons of lore.
Entry into “Dragons! Real or Myth?” is free with Aquarium admission.
The dragons are on exhibit in the the same area as the Meerkats.
This very rare black dragon is a melanistic form of the Asian water monitor lizard. Opposite of an albino (no pigment) this animal's body produces an overabundance of pigment, making the animal nearly solid black.Black dragons can grow to become very large muscular lizards, averaging 5-6 feet in length and weighing over 60 pounds!
Very delicate fish found in Australia’s southern coast. They live in coral reefs and seaweed beds, to which they are perfectly camouflaged.
Do something you've tried to NOT do all your life: touch jellyfish!
Gently touch the tops of live moon jellies as they pulse in the exhibit. One of our trained volunteers will guide you.
How is this possible without being stung? The stinging cells of moon jellyfish are known to be relatively benign for most people.
First popularized by the comical sidekick Timon in Disney’s “The Lion King” and then celebrated in the Animal Planet television series “Meerkat Manor” (2005-2009), meerkats are members of the mongoose family that live in social “mobs” or “gangs” in burrows in the African Kalahari Desert.
No mere cats, meerkats (Suricata suricatta) are fascinating for living in structured but cooperative societies, including a foraging strategy where adults take turns standing guard upright on their hind feet, watching for predators, while the others eat.
Meet six sibling meerkats – three males, three females. A viewing bubble even lets young visitors stand up right among the meerkats.