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Go Behind The Scenes To Feed The Fish Breakfast At Maritime Aquarium

Aquarist Sandi Schaefer-Padgett feeds the sand tiger sharks from above the Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Aquarist Sandi Schaefer-Padgett feeds the sand tiger sharks from above the Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Photo Credit: Maritime Aquarium

NORWALK, Conn. – Looking for a special event for the school holidays? You can help with the morning feedings of some of the sharks, rays, turtles and other stars of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.

A special behind-the-scenes program is being offered Thursday, April 13, called “Feeding Time.”

This fun experience gives participants exclusive access to some of their favorite marine animals by letting them join educators and the animal-husbandry staff during morning rounds before the aquarium opens.

Opportunities include:

• Feeling the vacuuming power of rays on your palm as you offer morsels in the Shark & Ray Touch Pool.

• Hand-feeding a horseshoe crab and diamondback terrapin.

• Going above the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit to watch as Aquarium staff feed the 7-foot sharks prowling just below your feet. Toss in some bonus food for the sharks and the exhibit’s rays and other fish.

• Attending a private seal feeding open only to “Feeding Time” participants.

“Feeding Time” participants get fed, too. The program starts at 8 a.m. with a hot breakfast in the Aquarium’s Cascade Café.

“ ‘Feeding Time’ is a great way to deepen your experiences here at The Maritime Aquarium beyond a typical visit,” said Dave Sigworth, aquarium spokesman. Plus, it's a "fun family activity for folks staying close to home during local schools’ spring-break week.”

Children must be at least 5. Cost is $50 for adults and $25 for ages 5 to 12, or $45 and $20 for members. Aquarium admission at 10 a.m. is included.

Advance registration is required. Call 203-852-0700, ext. 2206, or register online at www.maritimeaquarium.org under “Public Programs."

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