Quote Exhibits

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



River Otters

otter-curled-photoSort 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. But note that ours is displayed in the 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. (They're 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.)



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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