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Monday, June 10, 2019

From the Mystic Aquarium

Sharon Teel

It’s safe to say that between diving the open ocean for fun and diving at Mystic Aquarium for work, I really love being underwater!

Hi, I’m Sharon, Mystic Aquarium’s Dive Safety Officer. In addition to diving the open ocean, I also ‘splash’ in habitats throughout the Aquarium; ensuring each is a safe and clean environment – something that, unfortunately, is in decline throughout our world’s oceans.

Recent studies have discovered plastic pollutants at the top of Mount Everest to the deepest depths of the Mariana Trench. And let’s not forget the infamous Great Pacific “Garbage Patch,” the largest of five plastic accumulation zones in the world’s oceans. It’s twice the size of Texas!

As an organization that is working to protect and conserve our ocean planet, we recognize our responsibility in affecting change. That is why we’re celebrating World Ocean’s Day with a BioBlitz event. At Mystic Aquarium, we believe that the more we connect with something, the more you care about it, and that is the key to inspiring action.

Even more poignant, our Animal Rescue Program responds to a number of entanglement cases each year; some animals don’t survive while others require extensive care from our team. Rehabilitating marine animals is no small feat and comes at a cost, one funded in part by events like Seals on the Rocks where you can meet our animal care teams, take a peek into our clinic and hear some of our many success stories, all while sampling local craft beers and wines!

Beyond participating in events that help to support the overall health of our ocean planet, there are numerous other ways you can take action. Sign your children up for one of our Summer Camps where they’ll learn how to become future conservationists. Join in an area cleanup or simply pick up trash throughout the day. Be mindful of what you purchase and discard – how many single-use plastic items could you skip on the regular?

I have been diving all over the world for quite some time now – the North Sea in Scotland to the Pacific Ocean, the North Andaman Sea in Thailand to the Caribbean Sea – and let me tell you, the beauty of our ocean planet never gets old. I hope you, too, are inspired by its beauty and majesty so much that you’ll join me and my colleagues as we strive to care for and protect the ocean.
Keep it clean!

Sharon Teel
Pearl and trainer


As Pearl nears the end of her first pregnancy, a team of veterinarians and trainers are keeping an even closer eye on her progress. Regular ultrasounds plus an enhanced diet are helping to ensure Pearl and her baby remain strong and healthy through delivery day and beyond.

Are you or someone you know expecting? Click the button below to learn about our new partnership with two area hospitals for your chance to receive a complimentary Mystic Aquarium membership! 


Bermuda's favorite gray seal, Lou-Seal, returned to her native habitat last Thursday after just six weeks of rehab at our Animal Rescue Clinic. While she was in our care for a relatively short period of time, resources required for the rehabilitation of a large, adult animal add up quickly. Fittingly, Lou-Seal’s rehabilitation and release was generously supported by Goslings, Bermuda’s oldest continuously running business and producer of Goslings award-winning Bermuda rums.




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