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Seal-Spotting Cruises offered by Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

January 12, 2017 GMT

Looking for an animal adventure this winter?

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk suggests its Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises that are scheduled to run January through March.

“These invigorating 2½-hour outings take place aboard the aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, the country’s only research vessel with hybrid-electric propulsion,” said Dave Sigworth, aquarium spokesman.

“The cruises seek out the harbor seals and gray seals that migrate down into the Sound from northern waters, which serves as their summer breeding and pupping areas. The seals often can be seen near the Norwalk Islands when they ‘haul out’ to rest on rocks exposed at low tide,” he said.

“As exciting as it is to get close to the seals inside the Maritime Aquarium, it’s truly a memorable experience to see seals out in Long Island Sound,” he said. “Those encounters inspire us to take actions that protect the health of the Sound, after witnessing it as a habitat for our marine-mammal friends and all the other creatures that call it home.”

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Binoculars will be provided. R/V Spirit of the Sound has a climate-controlled cabin but, because the best viewing is outside on the deck, participants should bring plenty of warm clothes, the aquarium suggests.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water St. Cruises January through March; dates and departure times vary by low tide. $29.95. Reservations recommended. 203-852-0700, ext. 2206; maritimeaquarium.org