Sea Turtle Nursery
Opens Fri., Oct. 20!
Follow a rescued baby loggerhead sea turtle through its first year of life as we raise it for release into the Atlantic Ocean next fall.
The guest sea turtle will live at The Maritime Aquarium as part of a loan program of the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, whose staff and volunteers inspect turtle nests on beaches to look for “stragglers” – newly hatched turtles that, for various reasons, didn’t make it out of nests. These young turtles are rescued and then raised for a year at loan institutions, before being returned to North Carolina the following fall for release into the Gulf Stream.
Aquarium staff will repeat the process each October: travel to North Carolina to release a year-old loggerhead and then bring a new hatchling back to Norwalk.
Each hatchling turtle – only about 3 inches long at first – will live in a new habitat near the Aquarium’s “Sea Turtles” exhibit. (That exhibit’s two green sea turtles were hatched in Florida in 2004 as part of a medical project and cannot be released into the ocean. Still considered to be juveniles, they weigh 250 pounds but eventually could reach 400.)
Tune into 'Facebook Live' the afternoon of Oct. 20 as we welcome this new addition to the Aquarium!
"Journey With Jellies"
A bigger & even better jellyfish exhibit!
Get close to some of the most strangely beautiful – but painfully dangerous – animals in the sea as The Maritime Aquarium presents a newly expanded exhibit of jellyfish, including species we've never displayed before!
See Pacific sea nettles in an enormous new display, bizarre flower-hat jellies, "upside-down" jellies in a cool half-dome, and more!
New Coral Reef Exhibit
Experience a tropical splash of color
A rainbow of colors dart and dash in our new 3,000-gallon Coral Reef exhibit, open now just past the Sea Turtles exhibit.
Meet more than 40 species of reef fish native to the Indo-Pacific, including brilliantly colored varieties of tangs, triggerfish, wrasses and more.
Displays explain why reef systems are so important to the ocean, yet why they’re also so fragile.
Plus, learn how global ocean currents can connect water in reefs on the other side of the planet to our local Long Island Sound – and thus, how our stewardship of the Sound also means good stewardship of all Earth's marine ecosystems.
The exhibit is a perfect pairing with the new IMAX movie, "Jean-Michel Cousteau's Secret Ocean."