Sea Turtle Loan Program

The Maritime Aquarium is proud to be participating in a sea turtle loan program created by the three North Carolina Aquariums, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and local sea turtle rescue organizations. Each year, staff and volunteers inspect turtle nests on the beaches to look for "Stragglers" - newly hatched turtles that, for various reasons, didn’t make it out of nests.

These young turtles are rescued and then raised for a year at loan institutions, before being returned to North Carolina the following fall for release into the Gulf Stream.

Aquarium staff will repeat the process each October: travel to North Carolina to release a year-old loggerhead and then bring a new hatchling back to Norwalk.

Be sure to stop by our "Sea Turtle Nursery" exhibit during your next visit!

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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