Retired Navy Capt. Peter Wikul gets a kiss from Rasal the harbor seal during a seal-training demonstration at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on Sat., Nov. 11.
Wikul, of Ridgefield, participated in each seal-training demonstration Saturday as part of the Aquarium’s Veterans Day Weekend. He assisted aquarists Azzara Oston (center) and Sarah Penfold.
Wikul retired in 2009 after a 39-year Navy career with the honorific title of “Bullfrog 13” as the longest-serving active-duty SEAL. His roles included deputy commander of Special Operations Command South and commanding officer of the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center at the Office of Navy Intelligence.
Rasal the harbor seal actually served in the Navy herself, having been trained in the 1980s to retrieve objects from the sea floor.
Other offerings Saturday and Sunday at The Maritime Aquarium include “Military Touch-A-Truck” (three military vehicles on hand for exploration) and “Scenic Coastal Cruises” (free to veterans). Plus, throughout the entire month of November, veterans and active-duty military receive free admission with ID/proof of service. Learn more at maritimeaquarium.org.