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Sunday, December 3, 2017

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Celebrate Walrus Awareness Week with Us!

The conservation of species is a top priority at Mystic Aquarium. We work diligently to affect change in the populations of species at risk including African penguins, beluga whales, sharks, vaquitas, horseshoe crabs and others. We are proud to know that supporters like you join in our mission to conserve our ocean planet and that our fellow AZA colleagues work tirelessly in their efforts too!

During Walrus Awareness Week, we will shine a spotlight on the walrus conservation efforts of SeaWorld. And, we'll  take a stroll down memory lane remembering when four walruses once called Mystic Aquarium their temporary home (check out our throwback photos from 2001 - 2002 below)!

On Wednesday, December 6, you're invited to join us as we take the day to celebrate Walrus Awareness Week

Join us in the Main Gallery for a live video feed from SeaWorld Orlando with our Curator of Marine Mammals and Birds, Laurie Macha. Watch as she joins Orlando's team of walrus trainers during one of their training sessions where you'll learn just how amazing it is to work with such a resilient species. Plus, enjoy other walrus activities in our Main Gallery where you can:
  • Design your own walrus mask to wear.
  • Play 'Pinniped Puzzles' and learn about the walrus' family.
  • Experience how their blubber keeps them warm.
  • Learn how belugas and walrus' are alike.

Animal Spotlight: African Cichlids

Native to Lake Malawi, one of the rift lakes of East Africa, our African cichlids are unique to this specific lake and can't be found anywhere else on Earth! Even more impressive, it's estimated that there are about 1,000 unique species of cichlids in that single lake alone. How is this possible? 

One word: Evolution.

The latest estimates believe Lake Malawi is between 3 - 20 million years old. This long lifespan along with its geologic isolation has allowed natural selection to create this large and diverse array of species along with specialized behaviors. You may even be able to spot one such behavior during your next visit! Take a close look at the cichlids mouths - you may see some mother's holding their babies inside, which is a natural instinct to protect their young from predators.

You Can Help

'Tis the season for holiday shopping! Whether you're the gifter who plans well ahead or is a spur-of-the-moment shopper, we have a couple of green tips to make your holiday shopping even more meaningful this year. 
  • Consider shopping at stores that sell locally made toys and gifts. Of all toys purchased in the United States, 71% are made in China, where environmental laws are weak.
  • Gift cards, concert tickets, restaurant certificates and movie vouchers are great alternatives to heavily packaged presents. Might we recommend a gift membership to Mystic Aquarium?

Give a gift that lasts all year!
Animal adventures, close encounters, hands-on discoveries, spectacular events and so much more - how do you fit all of this under the tree? With a membership to Mystic Aquarium! This holiday season; give the gift that gives back all year long with unlimited visits, free 4-D Theater shows, exclusive member-only perks, previews, parties and more. There is no better way to experience the Aquarium than as a member.

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Mystic Aquarium now has an app! Get directions, find events, navigate our campus, learn about encounters and more. Click here to download the app to your phone now.

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The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research.


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