"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.

sharks-cr2-photo2Yes, there are sharks in Long Island Sound and this is the biggest of four native species. (The other three are brown sharks and two species of dogfish sharks. Certainly, even more species of sharks visit the Sound; they just aren’t considered native to it.)

Don’t worry about dipping your toes in the Sound, though. The last recorded shark attack was a non-fatal nip in 1961 by an undetermined species, off of Long Island’s north shore.  

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otter.Levi.4webSort of like a 3-year-old human, river otters are constantly in motion … until the need for a quick nap. They’re cute and very fun to watch, but good luck getting them to stay still for a photo!

River otters are common in Connecticut; even in busy Fairfield County. But note that our otters are displayed in the Aquarium's Watershed Gallery. Unlike sea otters of the Pacific coast, river otters do not venture into the salty Sound.


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