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The Maritime Aquarium

 

jellyfish

This past Wednesday, November 20, we took a trip to the Marine Aquarium at Norwalk. It was a fun trip. As the first activity, we had a 45 minute show at the IMAX movie theater, which was all about the "Great White Shark". The documentary was really interesting. They showed us how people sometimes think the worst about those animals just because they have some bias. Yes, they are huge animals, not pretty at all, but they have their own charm. It's not always bad about sharks. For me, this was the best part of the trip.

After that, we walked around the aquarium, exploring the rooms and checking out the animals. They have around four or five cute seals. They are really nice and calm animals swimming between the inside and outside tank, posing for pictures or floating vertically.

 

sharktank

They also have some fish, frogs, snakes, a bunch of happy and energetic meerkats and a baby jellyfish, called Moon Jellies. There were a lot of them. Besides all these cute animals, they also had a tank with some sharks and rays that we could touch. The nurse sharks were very calm, allowing people to touch them; the rays, on the other hand, were moving quite a bit, but also allowed us to touch them. It was an interesting trip. I know I enjoyed it. I just hope the rest of the group enjoyed it as much as I did.

By Camila Almeida, Fall 2013 ELI Student from Brazil

meerkat

This week we visited the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. The visit began with a film projected in the IMAX Theater, which was part of the aquarium. The documentary projected was excellent because it offered to us a totally different vision about the Great White Shark. Everybody is afraid of them, but after this film, I think people can see them in another way. If you fear them, I recommend you see it.

After that, we visited the other rooms and saw some varieties of fish, seals, and meerkats, which are adorable little animals of the desert. Also the aquarium offers to the public the possibility of interacting with sharks and stingrays. That, really for me, was the best part of the visit, and all of us seemed to be enjoying it a lot.

Finally, everybody bought some souvenirs at the aquarium store to remember the charming afternoon shared.

Here are some pictures to share with you!!

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By Elizabeth Miani, Fall 2013 ELI Student from Venezuela