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Maritime Aquarium Cruises Reveal Biodiversity of Long Island Sound

Ever wonder what lives below the surface of Long Island Sound? Join The Maritime Aquarium for a Marine Life Encounter Cruise to get an up close look at remarkable creatures. Cruises begin on Sunday, April 30, and will run through October.


“There is no better way to get a feel for the rich biodiversity of Long Island Sound than aboard our floating classroom for a Marine Life Encounter Cruise,” said Captain Nicki Rosenfeld. “We are excited to welcome guests to join us for this hands-on experience that explores the many habitats within the Sound.”


With help from passengers, three samples are collected from the water on each cruise – bringing up plankton, fish, crabs, mollusks, and more. Passengers then make observations and assist with recording data on their findings. Smaller organisms, like plankton, are examined with a video-microscope.


Cruises are held on the Aquarium’s 64-foot catamaran, Spirit of the Sound. Acquired by the Aquarium in 2014, it was the first research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion.


Marine Life Encounter Cruises depart at 1:15 p.m. and are approximately 2.5-hours long, dates vary. Passengers must be at least 42-inches tall, and those under 18-years-old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Tickets are $36 per person. Aquarium members can purchase tickets for $32 per person. To reserve your tickets, visit

Posted by Brianne Faust at 06:03

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