This Valentine’s weekend, swap a floral bouquet of anemones for a visit with sea anemones – and seals, sharks and other sea creatures – by giving your marine-animal-loving sweetheart a special behind-the-scenes experience in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.


On Sat., Feb. 11, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is putting a special twist on its popular “Feeding Time” program by opening the session only to couples age 18 and older, and sending everyone home with a box of chocolates.

“Feeding Time” gives participants special access to some of their favorite Maritime Aquarium animals by letting them join educators and the animal-husbandry staff during morning feedings. Feel the vacuuming power on your palm of a ray at the Shark & Ray Touch Pool. Hand-feed a horseshoe crab and diamondback terrapin. And go above the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon Ocean Beyond the Sound exhibit to watch as Aquarium staff feeds the 7-foot sharks prowling just below your feet. Toss in some bonus food for the sharks, as well as for the exhibit’s rays and other fish.

Plus, attend a private seal feeding open only to “Feeding Time” couples.

“Feeding Time” starts at 8 a.m. with a light breakfast for participants in the Aquarium café. And, for this Valentine’s-weekend session, each couple goes home with a box of specialty chocolates from Forever Sweet Bakery in Norwalk.

Cost of the “Valentine’s Feeding Time” on Sat., Feb. 11 is $135 per couple ($120 for Aquarium members). Aquarium admission at 10 a.m. is included.

Advance registration is required. Call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, or register online at www.maritimeaquarium.org under “Public Programs.”

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