Norwalk, CT – Grab your binoculars! The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s annual Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises begin on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The two-hour cruises seek out animals spending the winter in Long Island Sound including harbor seals, gray seals, buffleheads, mergansers, long-tailed ducks, and red-throated loons. Aquarium educators will identify these species for guests and discuss their natural histories.
“For anyone interested in learning more about our local ecosystem, our winter cruises are an excellent adventure,” said Captain Nicki Rosenfeld. “This time of year, we have the chance to see species we don’t typically get to see in Long Island Sound. We’ve already spotted long-tailed ducks and red-throated loons which travel here from as far as the Arctic Circle!”
The cruises are held on the aquarium’s unique research vessel, RV Spirit of the Sound, the first in North America with hybrid-electric propulsion. Since the vessel is virtually silent, the cruises are very serene way to tour the sound, especially in the winter months when there is little boat traffic.
Seal-Spotting and Birding Cruises will run through April 2 – dates and departure times vary by low tide. Reservations are strongly recommended as space is limited to 40 guests. Tickets are $36 per person, or $32 per person for aquarium members. Passengers must be at least 42 inches tall, and those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
To reserve tickets, see the full cruise schedule or learn more, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206 or visit www.maritimeaquarium.org.