For me, the highlight of the trip to the Norwalk Maritime Center was most definitely feeding the seals. On the morning of our departure, the aquarium staff set up a special feeding at 8:30 am. The seals were absolutely adorable. They waved and flapped their fins. They swam and flipped over. And they were rewarded with this extra feeding.
The maritime center has 5 seals and they are all harbor seals. The oldest one is named Susie and she can only see shadows because she has cataracts. Poor thing. :(
I learned that seals are voluntary breathers which means they have to think about breathing. So, Susie canot get an operation to fix her cataracts beacuse if she is under anesthesia then she will not remember that she has to breathe and then she will die. :(
Who knows? Maybe one day one of the girls there will come up with a new drug that will allow for seals and dolphins to be operated on without going under. :)
Enjoy the photos. :)