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Guests can also participate in penguin encounters in this exhibit. The program is in addition to aquarium admittance and is one-hour long. Those who choose to attend this special presentation are able to talk with and observe trainers interacting with penguins and gain in depth knowledge on the conservations efforts that the aquarium participates in for the African Penguins.
Arctic Coast Exhibit is home to The United States’ largest beluga whale outdoor exhibit. This habitat is designed with actual glacier ice that spans one acre, streams, evergreen trees and crystal blue water. This exhibit also provides for above and below ground viewing tanks. In the above ground presentation, visitors can watch feeding demonstrations and learn from trainers the behaviors and conservation efforts extended to beluga whales. Below ground, there are three 20-foot windows where guests can watch the whales swim and glide through the water. The beluga whales also share space in this exhibit with two harbor seals that were rescued by the aquarium.
Mystic Aquarium is leading the research of beluga whales. Marine biologists from Mystic Aquarium study these whales at the aquarium and also in their natural habitat, the arctic. Currently, research is focused on how environmental change, including human caused damage, affects the lives and well-being of these amazing marine mammals.
Exploration: Wild gives visitors the opportunity to explore the rainforest and many other habitats without having to leave the country. Journey through the amazon, the arctic, the open ocean, and the American wetlands through several interactive stations that provide hands on learning and exploration. There are also many reptiles houses in this area of the Aquarium where visitors five years old and up, can touch and interact with bearded lizards, snakes, and other reptiles.
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