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Animals Up-Close

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Mystic Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.

Sea Research seeks to achieve this mission by:

  • Creating thought-provoking encounters with marine life
  • Conducting research that advances aquatic animal husbandry and health
  • Serving as an interpreter of marine science discoveries and conservation issues
  • Sharing resources and expertise with the scientific and education communities
  • Pursuing these endeavors with a commitment to excellence and innovation

Sea Research Foundation Activities


To foster an interest in and understanding of the science and conservation of the aquatic world through formal and informal programs, written interpretive materials and exposure to living marine animals. 


To collect, evaluate and disseminate scientific data gathered through investigations and collaborations sponsored by the Aquarium and the scientific community. Such data will advance knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry and aquatic animal biology and behavior and promote a better understanding of our place in nature. 


To develop techniques that advance the art of live animal display and its role in stimulating interest in the aquatic world. 


To promote the health and stability of natural habitats and the populations of marine life, particularly those of Long Island Sound and adjacent waters.

Diversity and Inclusion

Mystic Aquarium embraces the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in our business and conservation practices. We strive to foster a sense of belonging within our organization, our guests, and the communities we serve, and are committed to dismantling systemic inequities. 


Susette Tibus

Koray Gurz

Tina Couch

Allison D. Tuttle, DVM

Keith Sorensen

Tracy Romano PhD

C. Rodney Daniels

Kelly Matis

Meagan Seacor

Bryan Schultz

Board of Trustees

George M. Milne, Jr., Ph.D. (Chairman)
Senior Partner
Radius Ventures, LLC

Tom Mosey (Vice Chair)
President & CEO
Mini Melts, Inc.

Joli Gross (Secretary)
SVP, Chief Legal & Sustainability Officer, Corporate Secretary
United Rentals, Inc.

John Holstein (Treasurer)
Principal & CEO
First H&M Corporation

Rodney Butler
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council

Ed Cassidy
Chief Executive Officer
Saybrus Partners

Veronica Dowling
Chief Operating officer
Dowling & Hales LLC

Peter G. Drakos
The Law Office of Peter Drakos, LLC

Patrick L. Green, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
UF Health

Cecilie H. Jedlicka
Heidenreich Enterprises

Richard Katz, M.D.
Griffin Hospital

Sarah E. Kelly, Ph.D.
Owner, TGIR Consulting, LLC

Peter Kuhn
CEO, North America
OML, Inc.

Michael P. Lech
Readco Portfolio

Alex Marku
A Beautiful Company and Buon Appetito Ristorante

Tom Marra 
Chairman of the Board
Symetra Financial Corporation

Steven Perrelli 
Vice President Sales Center Operations
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England, Inc.

Michael Rauh
President & CEO (retired)
Chelsea Groton Bank

Jason Reese
Alinea Strategic Solutions

Antonio Roberto
Managing Director of Strategic Investments
CT Innovations

Paul O. Robertson
Deputy Commissioner/COO
Department of Economic & Community Development, State of CT

Tan Hee Teck
Genting Singapore PLC

Susette Tibus, ex officio
President and CEO
Mystic Aquarium

Robert Williams, Jr.
Senior Managing Director
J.H. Whitney Capital Partners

Trustees Emeritus

Terry D. Garcia
Exploration Ventures

Carolyn P. Kelly
Suisman Shapiro

Daniel C. Verdier
Retired, Cirrus Construction Company, Inc.

Mystic Aquarium Annual Report