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Mystic Aquarium Specialty Plates Now Available for Preorder

WHO: Mystic Aquarium and Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles

WHAT:  Put a penguin on your car! Just about everyone has a fond memory of Mystic Aquarium, the largest cultural attraction in Connecticut.  More than fondness, Mystic Aquarium’s mission of conservation, education and research has been inspiring millions of people to care for and protect the ocean environment.

Now, through a partnership with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, a specialty license plate has been designed to help bring recognition to the local icon and their important mission of ocean conservation.  Featuring an African penguin and the powerful “Protect our Oceans” slogan, the new plates have a unique look that is truly eye catching and includes a meaningful message as well.

“This is a very important way to celebrate your fondness for Mystic Aquarium and passion for the ocean environment,” said Roz Gilhuly, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Mystic Aquarium.  “We need 400 people to sign up in order to make this dream a reality,” she added.

Registrants can use their existing plate number, including vanity or special number plates, or be assigned a random number for $65. A new vanity or special number plate is $134.

WHEN: Pre-Order Available Now


WHY: Only when the necessary 400 license plate pre-sale requirement is met will the State of Connecticut begin production of the Mystic Aquarium specialty plate.  If the 400 license plate pre-sale goal is not met, all monies will be refunded.

HOW: Plates may be requested by emailing or by downloading the registration form from All completed forms should be returned with payment to Mystic Aquarium, ATTN: Special Interest Plates, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355. Checks should be made payable to Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

About Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Learn more at

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