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Recent Press Releases

Special discounts and educational programs for homeschool students on Fri., Oct. 1

NORWALK, CT  –  Homeschool families can take a special educational dive into the marine world through discounted admission and grade-appropriate programs on Fri., Oct. 1 during “Homeschool Day” in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.    This focused day makes available to homeschool students many of the educational classroom programs regularly presented to traditional school groups by Aquarium educators. Options on Oct.... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Tuesday, September 14, 2021
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IMLS grants to fund new teen Marine Debris Prevention Corps, and new virtual programs for learners with special needs

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk will empower more than 100 local teens to lead new efforts to remove and reduce marine debris from Long Island Sound and its tributaries, thanks to a $144,440 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  In addition, The Maritime Aquarium will use a separate $49,607 IMLS grant to make its virtual... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Thursday, August 12, 2021
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New Seal Habitat, "Pinniped Cove," Opens as the Largest Display in The Maritime Aquarium's 33-Year History

NORWALK, CT  –  Cheer on the harbor seals of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk as they explore an enormous new habitat that, upon its June 8 opening, becomes the Aquarium’s largest aquatic display.  The 160,000-gallon seal exhibit – as well as a 4D movie theater and redesigned main entrance, which both opened in January – are the largest transformations in The Maritime Aquarium’s 33-year history.  Guests will be able to watch from above and... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, June 7, 2021
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Seals Are the Stars in The Maritime Aquarium's New "Pinniped Cove"

NORWALK, CT  –  With the June 8 opening of “Pinniped Cove,” the harbor seals in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk now have an enormous, state-of-the-art habitat – and enhanced quality care. The Maritime Aquarium displays five female harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), the species of seal that commonly migrate into Long Island Sound each winter. Their new home is a 160,000-gallon habitat that is 22 feet deep at its deepest point. It’s more than eight times... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, June 7, 2021
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"Pinniped Cove" Quick Facts

"PINNIPED COVE” QUICK FACTS  •  The exhibit is home to five harbor seals:  Ariel (age 31), Leila (33), Polly (34), Rasal (36) and Tillie (35).  •  The exhibit holds 160,000 gallons of water, and is 22 feet deep at its deepest.  •  It’s the largest aquatic display in The Maritime Aquarium’s 33-year history.   •  “Pinniped Cove” is named for the scientific grouping pinnipedia that... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, June 7, 2021
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"PInniped Cove" Represents Enormous Milestone for The Maritime Aquarium

NORWALK, CT  –  The opening of “Pinniped Cove,” the new home for the harbor seals of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, represents a transformative moment for everyone.  For the five harbor seals that have resided at the Aquarium for decades, “Pinniped Cove” offers 160,000 gallons of water – eight times the size of their original habitat – and depths of 22 feet... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, June 7, 2021
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Project Partners for "Pinniped Cove"

“PINNIPED COVE” PROJECT PARTNERS  State of Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont Department of Transportation WSP   City of Norwalk  Common Council  Mayor Harry Rilling  Construction Solutions Group           (Owner’s Representative)    Design Team  Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP   Jaffe Holden – Acoustics / AV  ... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Monday, June 7, 2021
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MARITIME AQUARIUM EASES COVID PROTOCOLS BUT MASKS STILL REQUIRED FOR UNVACCINATED GUESTS

NORWALK, CT  –  Unvaccinated guests must continue to wear masks in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, under new COVID-19 protocols based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the state of Connecticut.  Although COVID restrictions were eased as of May 19, masks still are required at the Aquarium for anyone over age 12 who is not vaccinated, and for all children 2 to 12 years old.  ... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Thursday, May 20, 2021
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Maritime Aquarium seeks experienced divers to volunteer to present programs in among its large sharks

NORWALK, CT  –  The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is seeking divers who will willingly and regularly volunteer to plunge in among its 7- to 9-foot sharks.  The Aquarium is recruiting experienced scuba divers to join its Volunteer Dive Team to help make public educational presentations from inside the 110,000-gallon “shark tank,” home to six sand tiger... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Thursday, May 13, 2021
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U.S. Aquariums Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

As leading aquariums from around the United States committed to reducing the sources of plastic pollution that are harming our ocean and freshwater environments, we applaud the introduction of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. We support the Act’s comprehensive approach to helping stem the tide of plastic pollution across the country and around the world — particularly in mountain streams, the Great Lakes, rivers, and bays, as well as our ocean waters. Research... Read More
Posted by Brianne Faust at Wednesday, March 24, 2021
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