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Thursday, August 1, 2019

At the Mystic Aquarium

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August is National Water Quality Month, which means it’s the perfect time to celebrate what water does for us, where it comes from and why it’s so important to our survival. After all, more than 70% of our planets’ surface is covered in H2O.

#DYK that in 1972, the Clean Water Act was passed to federally regulate the discharge of pollutants into lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, coastal areas and other waterways? But even with this federal law in place, pollution throughout each is on the rise.

Here at Mystic Aquarium, we take the quality and purity of our water very seriously because it’s more than water to us it’s the lifeline for all of the animal ambassadors in our care. And what we learn from the water throughout the Aquarium and by testing the quality of local waterways helps us to better understand the health of animals and the environment as a whole. 

In fact, we have an entire team dedicated to ensuring the water at every Aquarium habitat has perfectly balanced levels – temperature, acidity, salinity, oxygen and more – to maintain a safe and healthy environment. Plus, we have a SCUBA team who regularly dive most of our habitats (they even splash in the mono exhibit and with the sharks!) to clean, vacuum and examine the space and animals closer. Our dedicated team of research scientists even pulls samples from Long Island Sound, local beaches and even from Arctic waters to help in their studies.

So how can you help to protect our worlds’ oceans and waterways?    
·         Avoid flushing unwanted or dated medications down the toilet or drain.
·         Fix leaks in your car and line your driveway to collect oil and other run-off contaminants.
·         Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
·         Choose nontoxic household products.
·         Learn about your local waterways and discover ways you can protect and conserve them.
·         Volunteer at an area cleanup or make a habit of leaving someplace cleaner than it was when you arrived.

Pearl and trainer


Meet one of our Scientists in Residence and Associate Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Amy Apprill. Last month, she joined us as a guest blogger to share her thoughts on conservation for the most biodiverse and productive ecosystem in the ocean.


As part of their Summer Music Series, Stonington Vineyards is donating 25% of parking fees to Mystic Aquarium for their final concert on August 30. Enjoy food, wine and live music from local favorites Azalea Drive.