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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

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River Otters

otter.Levi.4webSort of like a 3-year-old human, river otters are constantly in motion … until the need for a quick nap. They’re cute and very fun to watch, but good luck getting them to stay still for a photo!

River otters are common in Connecticut; even in busy Fairfield County. But note that our otters are displayed in the Aquarium's Watershed Gallery. Unlike sea otters of the Pacific coast, river otters do not venture into the salty Sound. Their habitat is a broad area that contains a variety of freshwater feeding opportunities. (River otters are also smaller than sea otters.)

Our River Otter habitat is completely behind glass because, as members of the weasel family, river otters have a musk gland they use to mark their territories. Smelling that would diminish your enjoyment! (You may see one rubbing its neck on a rock or branch depositing its musky fluid.)

We have two river otters on display. They're both male.

Top photo:  this is Levi.  He was born in February 2014 in Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo as part of their river otter breeding program. He came to The Maritime Aquarium in November 2014 and, after a period of introduction, was added to the exhibit the following month.

otter.Lew2.4webAnd left: this is Lew. He was born in 2003 in Clearwater Florida and was an injured "rescue animal." He came to The Maritime Aquarium shortly after.

How to tell them apart:  Levi is slightly smaller and his throat fur is creamier in color and thicker. He also – like an annoying little brother – sometimes tests the patience of Lew.

 

 

 
 
 

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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.

10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation

 

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