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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Did you know that there are over 400 species of Sharks? That’s a lot of sharks roaming our oceans! But did you also know that about less than 5% are seen by humans, making that an astonishing 95% of sharks that go unseen. Shark awareness day couldn’t come at a better time; with Discovery Channel’s Shark Week fast approaching it seems they’re becoming more misunderstood with every episode. Sharks are also extremely smart, they have an... MORE »

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mystic, Conn. (July 12, 2017): This Sunday, July 16, a team from Mystic Aquarium will hit the road for a summer adventure; traveling to some of the most popular beaches along the Connecticut and Rhode Island shoreline with the goal of increasing awareness of the Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. Rescue staff and volunteers will travel approximately 45 miles of sea coast in an effort to educate beach goers about stranded animals, their rescue... MORE »

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

With the Goal of Scientific Discovery through Research & Education Mystic, Conn. (July 5, 2017): Connecticut icons, Mystic Aquarium and the University of Connecticut (UConn) have enjoyed a long-standing relationship through education and research. The partnership was solidified further with the announcement of a National Science Foundation Grant for Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) earlier this year. Today, the two... MORE »

Saturday, April 29, 2017

My name is Katy, and I am a volunteer in the Herpetology and Fish & Invertebrates department, as well as the Education department at Mystic Aquarium. I help the staff care for the aquarium’s collection of reptiles and amphibians, and assist with various educational programs. For as long as I can remember, I have loved reptiles, so I was elated when I got the opportunity to volunteer in the herpetology department about a year-and-a-half... MORE »

Zoos and Aquaria on a Mission to Save the African Penguin

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

By Ellen Johnson Graduate Student at University of Connecticut, Department of Marine Sciences [email protected] Zoos and aquaria are increasingly stepping up to the front lines of biodiversity conservation efforts, emphasizing research and conservation action in addition to education. This commitment to conservation is reflected in the mission of the Mystic Aquarium: “to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet... MORE »


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mystic Aquarium is proud to be one of the 232 member institutions that make up The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). This 501(c)3 non-profit organization is dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. We are prouder still of what this collective organization does on a daily to support scientific research, conservation and education programs. As the old adage goes... MORE »

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mystic, Conn. (October 25, 2016): Recently Mystic Aquarium received a grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Sea World & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund and Rising Tide Conservation in support of their ongoing Research and Development of marine ornamental aquaculture with the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS) in Groton, CT. The program is also supported by Connecticut Sea Grant. “This is another example of how Mystic Aquarium and... MORE »

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

By Dr. Peter J. Auster On the heels of his expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii last month, last week President Obama cemented his legacy as one of our greatest conservation leaders by announcing the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument in the US waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Located 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the monument covers an area of 4,913 square... MORE »

Friday, September 16, 2016

On behalf of future marine conservationists, I thank President Obama for his work in protecting our oceans now and for generations to come by designating the Northeast Canyons and Seamount Marine National Monument. This monument is particularly special as it is the first marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean; the same waters that I have been lucky enough to grow up on and explore to investigate the crabs, birds, snails and fish that all call it... MORE »

Saturday, August 6, 2016

SHEDD AQUARIUM MOURNS LOSS OF BELOVED BELUGA WHALE For more than two decades, Shedd Aquarium has had the privilege of caring for belugas - beautiful, white whales with a mouth shaped like a smile and a vocal range that earns the nickname “the canaries of the sea.” We’ve learned extraordinary information about them, have loved and cared for them, and have educated tens of millions of people about belugas by providing the unique... MORE »