"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.

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Sketch & Release interactive on giant new video wall

Wish that some of the animals in the ocean were more decoratively colored? Well, The Maritime Aquarium's new "Sketch and Release" activity lets you digitally color sharks, sea turtles, flounder and other marine animals and then send your handiwork swimming up on a giant new video wall.

The “Sketch and Release” interactive displays on a new 9-by-32-foot video wall in Newman’s Own Hall, near the harbor seals. (It’s actually a panel of 32 55-inch monitors, combined to make the largest video wall in New England. The 4k high-definition resolution is state-of-the-art.)

“Sketch and Release” kiosks invite you to choose between a digital seal, shark, squid, striped bass, flounder or sea turtle, and then color it however you want. When you’re done coloring your animal, you can give it a name and the kiosk then will display a page with natural-history information about the species. Another push of a button and your animal will join 49 others on the video wall, swimming around the animated 3-dimensional wreck of a ship called the Long Island Lucy.

You can even send yourself a keepsake email showing your animal on the video wall, along with the animal fact sheet.

Plus, as an additional educational tool, a short film about Long Island Sound conservation plays twice an hour on the video wall.

The video wall also is a powerful new resource for The Maritime Aquarium’s facility rentals. It can be used to display everything from photo slide shows during wedding receptions to PowerPoint graphics during corporate meetings.

Software for the video wall was developed by the Richard Lewis Media Group of Watertown, Mass. Hardware was made by Everett Hall Associates of Stamford.

New Coral Reef Exhibit

Experience a tropical splash of color

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A rainbow of colors dart and dash in our new 3,000-gallon Coral Reef exhibit, open now just past the Sea Turtles exhibit.

Meet more than 40 species of reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific, including brilliantly colored varieties of tangs, triggerfish, wrasses and more.

Displays explain why reef systems are so important to the ocean, yet why they’re also so fragile.

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Plus, learn how global ocean currents can connect water in reefs on the other side of the planet to our local Long Island Sound – and thus, how our stewardship of the Sound also means good stewardship of all Earth's marine ecosystems.

The exhibit is a perfect pairing with the new IMAX movie, "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean."