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One Tank Trips: Maritime Aquarium At Norwalk

Aquarium Lets Kids Touch Sharks, Turtles And Other Creatures
Touch a shark tank at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. (credit: Maritime Aquarium)

Touch a shark tank at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. (credit: Maritime Aquarium)

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NORWALK, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – With the dog days of summer upon us, Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium is a great indoor or rainy day activity.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau visited the aquarium for the latest stop in the One Tank Trips series.

In addition to seeing sharks, turtles and other marine life up close, children can also reach out and touch them as they swim by.

“It felt like sandpaper,” a little boy said of his experience touching a shark for the first time.

LINK: Maritime Aquarium At Norwalk

The staff said the opportunity to touch a live shark is one of the most popular attractions at the aquarium.

“The chance to go home and say that you’ve touched a live shark, that’s a big plus. It’s very popular. You’ll see kids here, they’ll sit here and wait for 10 minutes until you really get a chance to have a shark come by so they can touch it,” staff member Dave Sigworth told Schneidau.

A little girl gets up close with a seal at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. (credit: Maritime Aquarium)

A little girl gets up close with a seal at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn. (credit: Maritime Aquarium)

Sigworth added kids will also learn about marine life and the nearby Long Island Sound during their visit to the aquarium.

He said that to protect the marine creatures, everyone has to make an effort to steer clear of using toxic additives outdoors, which can find their way into the waters of Long Island Sound.

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