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Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, Conn.

Maritime Aquarium’s new Shark & Ray Touch Pool.

THE MARITIME AQUARIUM

Maritime Aquarium’s new Shark & Ray Touch Pool.

NORWALK, Conn. — The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has completed a $4 million renovation that adds 21 exhibits, 27 species, and more than 300 animals. 

A highlight is the 6,000-gallon Shark & Ray Touch Pool, where visitors can see baby sharks before (and after) they’re born, touch shark teeth, and pose in a dive cage. Along with sharks, aquarium residents include seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish, and more than 100 other species from Long Island Sound and its watershed.

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The Salt Marsh gallery features a new boardwalk and fiddler crab exhibit. There’s a new eel exhibit in the Rivers to the Sound gallery. And the Seasons of the Sound gallery has added unusual creatures such as skeleton shrimp, sea vases, chitons, and nudibranchs.

The final phase of the “FINtastic RefurbFISHment” was a renovation of the aquarium’s IMAX theater, the largest movie screen in Connecticut. It reopened Oct. 15 with more comfortable seats and a new lobby.

10 North Water St., 203-852-0700, www.maritimeaquarium.org, adults $13.95, children ages 2-12 $10.50

ELLEN ALBANESE

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