"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

Exhibits & Animals

Blue Crab Fun Fact

Blue crabs are good swimmers. Their specially adapted pair of back legs are "swimmerets" that help move them effectively through the water.

moon-jellies-photoActually we want you to call them “jellies,” because they’re not fish. Jellies are fascinating and soothing to watch; in The Maritime Aquarium’s display, they’re like a living lava lamp.

Of course it's often NOT soothing to encounter a jelly in the water. In our “Sting” Gallery, the Aquarium presents several native species of jellies.

 

You’ll find moon jellies in our largest display and usually sea nettles or lion’s mane jellies in smaller tanks.  Plus, you can safely touch moon jellies in our "Jiggle A Jelly" exhibit – open on weekends & school holidays Sept.-June and daily in July & August. It's safe because the sting of moon jellies is benign to humans.

Exhibiting jellies is no easy feat. They’re such poor swimmers that they would be sucked into the filtration system of most normal aquarium displays. So we have them in special tanks with gentle water circulation. Be sure to visit our Marine Lab too, to see how we raise a year-round supply.