We've taken a few educational boat trips over the years but yours was by far the best all-around experience. The highlight had to be the breadth of sea life we pulled up and got a chance to investigate, interact with and, of course, learn about."

– Rockland County, NY, camp director

Fun & Learning

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Sand Tiger Shark Fun Fact

Looks closely at the sand tiger sharks in the "Ocean Beyond the Sound" exhibit. Their snout and jaws are covered in tiny holes. These are receptors for the sharks' "sixth sense" – their ability to detect bioelectric fields emitted by other animals (including potential prey).



Sample Lesson Plans for Marine Science Education

Choose from these Lesson Plans Below:
Programs where developed by teachers, for teachers.


Elementary School:
pdfIdentifying Forms of Substrate And The Marine Animals That Live In Each Habitat
pdfSurvival and Predatory Purposes
pdfUtilizing Touch Tank Animals to Demonstrate Elementary Sorting and Graphing


Middle School:
pdfAnalyzing Animal Adaptations at the Aquarium: Colors, Stingers and Venom, Oh My!
pdfA Lesson in Biodiversity: Making Comparisons between Defensive Mechanisms Utilized by Marine Organisms
pdfThe Mystery of the Pirate's Booty: Salinity, Buoyancy and Density
pdfUsing the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk to Identify Color and Shape
pdfTeacher Exhibit Guide: Using The Maritime Aquarium to Identify Color and Shape
pdfForm & Function: A Lesson on the Ideal Body and Fin Shape For Maximum Speed and Movement of Fish
pdfThe Great Habitat Hunt: Who Lives Where? A Lesson on Long Island Sound's Diverse Habitats
pdfA Long Range Investigation of the Environmental Factors that Contribute to Seal Hauling off Sheffield Island
pdfA Hands-on Scientific Investigation: Identification of Bioindicators at Calf Pasture Beach
pdfIntertidal Animals of the Marine Biome: Observations and identification using the Maritime Aquarium Travel Program
pdfAdaptations At The Aquarium
pdfSheffield Island Adaptation Activity


High School:
pdfClassified Information: Creation of a dichotomous key at The Maritime Aquarium
pdfHigh Vs. Low Energy - Marine Organism Adaptations to Tidal Wave Energy Along the Long Island Sound
pdfAn Investigation in Biodiversity – Comparing the Evolution of the North American River Otter and Atlantic Harbor Seal
pdfLong Island Sound: Layer Cake or a Well-Mixed Batter?
pdfThe Physiology and Importance of Chromatophores for the Survival of Marine Organisms
pdfAdaptation And Diversity On Sheffield Island


The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound
and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,
it achieves this goal through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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