Ever wonder what lives below the surface of Long Island Sound? Join The Maritime Aquarium for a Marine Life Encounter Cruise to get an up close look at remarkable creatures. Cruises began on Sunday, April 30, and will run through October.
— an announcement from The Maritime Aquarium
“There is no better way to get a feel for the rich biodiversity of Long Island Sound than aboard our floating classroom for a Marine Life Encounter Cruise,” said Captain Nicki Rosenfeld.
“We are excited to welcome guests to join us for this hands-on experience that explores the many habitats within the Sound.”
With help from passengers, three samples are collected from the water on each cruise — bringing up plankton, fish, crabs, mollusks, and more. Passengers then make observations and assist with recording data on their findings. Smaller organisms, like plankton, are examined with a video-microscope.
Cruises are held on the Aquarium’s 64-foot catamaran, Spirit of the Sound. Acquired by the Aquarium in 2014, it was the first research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion.
Marine Life Encounter Cruises depart at 1:15 p.m. and are approximately 2.5 hours long, dates vary. Passengers must be at least 42 inches tall, and those under 18-years-old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Tickets are $36 per person. Aquarium members can purchase tickets for $32 per person. To reserve your tickets, visit MaritimeAquarium.org.