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 two green sea turtles. Hatched in December 2004 in the Turtle Hospital in the Florida Keys, the turtles are still young for sea turtles. When fully grown, they can reach 500 pounds.
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.
The sea turtles at The Maritime Aquarium are not suitable for release to the wild. Keeping them here 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.