Enjoy a special backstage look at how the sharks, seals, river otters and hundreds of other aquatic species are kept happy, healthy and well-fed during a “Behind-the-Scenes Tour” offered on Sat., June 16 at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
A few lucky visitors may even get to help feed the sharks or hand-feed the rays!
“Behind-the-Scenes Tours” start at 8:15 a.m. and offer a unique opportunity to see how the animal-husbandry staff meets the varying needs of the Aquarium’s animals, all of which have preferences for what they eat, how cool and salty they like their water, who they’re sharing their exhibit with, and more.
The tour includes stops at the Aquarium’s “fish kitchen,” where 18 tons of fish food is prepared each year, and above the 110,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit, where the dorsal fins of 7-foot sand tiger sharks cut through the water surface just below you. Toss in some capelin to see who’s hungry.
Visitors also learn the delicate requirements of a jellyfish “nursery” and perhaps get the chance to hand-feed the cow-nose rays.
Participants must be at least 10 years old; under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost is $32.50 ($22.50 for Aquarium members) and includes Aquarium admission at 10 a.m.
Space on the tour is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. Walk-up tickets will be sold, space permitting.
For reservations or more details, call The Maritime Aquarium at (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.