Mystic, Conn. (May 5, 2020): We might all find ourselves getting a bit salty during these trying and unprecedented times. Perhaps it’s good to be salty sometimes. In fact, at Mystic Aquarium it’s imperative. Thanks to the generous support of Cargill Salt, Mystic Aquarium is able to maintain its saltiness.
Amid the COVID-19 closure, the nonprofit organization is depending on support from the community and key partners to maintain care of the animals. Mystic Aquarium is home to over 4,000 species of marine mammals, birds, fish and invertebrates; with the vast majority living in salt or brackish water. Saltwater is the lifeblood of their habitats.
Cargill, a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 70 countries, is working with nonprofit and NGO partners around the globe to help address food security, health and safety needs, and industry challenges due to the spread of COVID-19.
With a donation of 125 tons of salt, Mystic Aquarium is able to maintain safe and optimal levels of water quality for the next two months.
“The breadth of Cargill’s philanthropy nationally and internationally during this crisis is most admirable,” said Mystic Aquarium’s President and CEO, Dr. Stephen M. Coan. “We are grateful for the support of this global leader as our animal care professionals work tirelessly to maintain the highest standards of animal care.”
While salt is plentiful in the ocean, aquariums like Mystic cannot simply siphon natural seawater for indoor and outdoor habitats. Unknown factors that affect natural water sources, including potential presence of pathogens, make this impossible. Instead, the Aquarium’s team of Water Quality Specialists closely monitors the habitats daily for salinity, which is critical for optimal body condition and buoyancy of animals in the Aquarium’s care. The sophisticated controlled system at Mystic Aquarium allows specialists to maintain salinity levels that closely match that of the ocean.
“We are proud to work with Mystic Aquarium to address the impacts of the pandemic together,” said Sonya Roberts, Cargill’s salt business leader. “We are part of this community and are proud to support the important spaces that make up a wonderful place to work and live.”