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Turkeyfish/Invasive Species Weekend
Dates: Sat., Nov. 18 & Sun., Nov. 19
Admission: all bonus events free with admission
On the weekend before Thanksgiving, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk turns its attention to invasive species – in particular, a striking but troublesome fish nicknamed the “turkeyfish.”
Because their long venomous spines look something like a male turkey displaying its plumage, lionfish have the nickname of “turkeyfish.” So as we begin thinking ahead to turkey dinners, The Maritime Aquarium is declaring Sat., Nov. 18 & Sun., Nov. 19 to be “Turkeyfish Weekend.”
Lionfish are native to the Indian and western Pacific oceans, but were introduced off Florida’s coast in the 1980s. Since then, they have spread throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, and increasingly north – now as far as Rhode Island and the south shore of Long Island. With few predators in their new environment, the voracious invasive lionfish can quickly devastate the fish population on a reef.
Plus, at a special education station, guests can touch real turkeyfish spines while learning about lionfish and other invasive species, and what makes them such a challenge to native flora and fauna. There will be a fun turkeyfish “photo opp.” And of course check out the live lionfish swimming on exhibit.
All the activities on “Turkeyfish Weekend” are free with Maritime Aquarium admission.