"We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and investigated, interacted with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Look closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).

Upcoming Events

Aquarium hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily | Café: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily | Gift Shop: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

NOTE: Programs are sometimes canceled or substituted with little or no notice. Check our "Today's Events" page at MaritimeAquarium.org on your smart phone when you arrive.

Click here to view our Public Programs, Cruises, and IMAX movies.

 

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Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises

First cruise of 2017-18: Sat., Dec. 16

Time:   2:30 p.m.

Cost:  $24.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium Members) 

Join us out on Long Island Sound Sound as we seek out some of the seals and waterfowl that spend their winters just off our shores! Memorable family fun but all participants must be at least 42 inches tall.

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These invigorating 2½-hour cruises seek out the harbor seals and gray seals that migrate down into the Sound from northern waters, which serve as their summer breeding and pupping areas. Seals often can be seen near the Norwalk islands when they “haul out” to rest on rocks exposed at low tide.

Aquarium educators will point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. And they’ll also generally discuss what happens to the Sound’s marine population during the winter: who stays, who migrates out, and who migrates in (besides the seals).

These cruises also give birders unique “on-the-water” access to see and photograph visiting winter waterfowl, such as buffleheads, mergansers, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks.

Binoculars will be provided. The Aquarium's R/V Spirit of the Sound – the country's only research vessel with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion – has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should bring plenty of warm clothes.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting. 

Dates and times for these cruises are tide-dependent. 

 

Here's the 2017-18 Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises schedule:

Sat., Dec. 9:  10 a.m.  Cancelled because of weather

Sun., Dec. 10:  10 a.m.

Sat., Dec. 16:  2:30 p.m. (Timed to include sunset)

Wed., Dec. 27:  11 a.m.

Thurs., Dec. 28: 11 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 29: 1:30 p.m. (Timed to include sunset)

Sat., Dec. 30:  2 p.m. (Timed to include sunset)

Sun., Dec. 31:  2 p.m. (Champagne and Seals Sunset Cruise)

Sun., Jan. 7:  10 a.m.

Sat., Jan. 13: 2 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 14: 2 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 27: 1 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 28: 1 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 10:  1 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 11: 1 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 24: 11 a.m.

Sun., Feb. 25:  noon

Sat., March 10: 11 a.m.

Sun., March 11:  noon

Sat., March 24: 11 a.m.

Sun., March 25: noon

Sat., March 31:  5 p.m. (Timed to include sunset)

 

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