Get Up Close and Personal With the Residents of the Maritime Aquarium at Feeding Time

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Watch and even help with the morning feedings of some of the sharks, rays, turtles and other stars of the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk in special behind-the-scenes “Feeding Time” programs this Sunday and on the first Sunday next month, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4.

— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

This fun experience gives participants exclusive access to some of their favorite marine animals by letting them join educators and the animal-husbandry staff during morning rounds prior to the aquarium’s opening.

Opportunities include:

• Feeling the vacuuming power of rays on your palm as you offer morsels in the Shark & Ray Touch Pool.

• Hand-feeding a horseshoe crab and diamondback terrapin.

• Going above the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit to watch as Aquarium staff feed the 7- and 8-foot sharks prowling just below your feet. Toss in some bonus food for the sharks and the exhibit’s rays and other fish.

• Attending a private seal feeding open only to “Feeding Time” participants.


“‘Feeding Time’ is a great way to deepen your experiences here at The Maritime Aquarium beyond a typical visit,” said Dave Sigworth, the aquarium’s spokesman. “The opportunity for interaction with some of our animals is very exciting. And it’s exciting for us to welcome folks ‘backstage’ to demonstrate the quality care that we provide.”

Each “Feeding Time” starts at 8:30 a.m. Children must be at least 5 years old.

Cost is $40 for adults and $20 for ages 5-12 ($30 and $15 for members). Aquarium admission at 10 a.m. is included.

Advance registration is required. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or register online.

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