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Mystic Aquarium is, at its foundation, a research, conservation, and education institution. We conduct critical research to advance our knowledge about marine life. We engage with experts from leading organization and institutions from around the world to establish science-based marine conservation efforts. And we communicate the results to policymakers, regulatory agencies, the science community, and the public.

Our work is centered on fulfilling our mission to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education, and research. With our mission in mind, we design our research and conservation efforts with the goals to enhance the health and welfare of animals in our care, improve our understanding and protection of wild animals and their environments, protect our fragile marine resources, and foster a greater appreciation for our oceans and the animals that call them home.

The health and welfare of the animals at Mystic Aquarium is always our top priority.  From the advanced environmental and water quality systems to diagnostic services that can detect dangerous pathogens in marine animals to our animal care and rescue efforts, our focus remains on advancing the wellbeing of aquatic animals and their environments. Every day, our researchers, veterinary team, animal rescue staff, and citizen scientists are learning more about how to protect our ocean and are putting the lessons learned into practice.