- Exhibits & Animals
- IMAX Movies
- Visit the Aquarium
- Fun & Learning
- Conservation & Research
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
The Maritime Aquarium displays a loggerhead sea turtle and two green sea turtles. None are suitable for release into the ocean.
The two green sea turtles – named Righty & Lefty – were hatched in December 2004 in the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys as part of a research project conducted in conjunction with Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. They came to The Maritime Aquarium in 2008. They're still young (for sea turtles) and, when fully grown, may reach 500 pounds. (Bigger than the loggerhead.)
The loggerhead came to The Maritime Aquarium from Adventure Aquarium (New Jersey State Aquarium) in Camden, N.J.
Because their populations have been drastically reduced, all species of sea turtles are federally protected. Several species make occasional summer appearances in Long Island Sound – green, loggerhead, leatherback and Kemp’s Ridley – then migrate to warmer southern waters in the fall.
Keeping sea turtles here at The Maritime Aquarium represents a long-term commitment. Green sea turtles take 20 to 50 years to reach maturity, and they can live for 80 to 100 years.