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
|Your Aquarium Journey|
|The Sound and Beyond|
|Hokin Family Sound Voyage galleries|
|Rivers to the Sound|
|Depths of the Sound|
|The Ocean Beyond the Sound|
Pull yourself away from the seals to enter The Sound & Beyond, beginning with the new Sharks & Rays Gallery. Centerpiece of the gallery is a large supervised "Shark & Ray Touch Pool," where you can gently stroke the backs of nurse sharks and a variety of rays. Plus, see baby sharks before (and after) they're born, touch shark teeth, pose in a dive cage and explore why we're so fascinated with sharks – plus learn the troubling consequences of our misguided fears about sharks.
"Go Fish! Long Island Sound & Beyond" explores the historic importance of fish in New England and includes one of the Aquarium’s largest tanks, full of cod, salmon, pollock and one REALLY big halibut. And the Marine Care Lab brings some of the aquarium operations that formerly were behind-the-scenes out into the open for visitors to witness. These include the jellyfish and seahorse “nurseries,” where our year-round supply of these delicate animals are raised.
"Meerkats," starring six REALLY CUTE meerkats, is within another special exhibit, "Africa: From the Desert to the Sea," featuring some of Africa's most exotic aquatic animals, plus two geckos and two enormous boas.
Upstairs, you’ll find an Ocean Playspace, where toddlers can burn off some energy, and "Frogs!," featuring local and exotic frogs, toads and other amphibians.
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