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Mystic Aquarium keeps animals cool

MYSTIC, CT (WFSB) – The fierce summer heat is forcing many of us to find different ways to cool off.

But what about our ocean friends at the aquarium?

Eyewitness News got a look at how the animals in Mystic Aquarium cool off.

Animals are doing the same thing humans are doing right now.

They drink a lot of water and sometimes eat ice cream.

It’s all fun and games at the aquarium, especially if you’re a beluga.

“I like belugas because they kept smearing their face on the glass. And they were cute,” said Aashna Gupta.

Aashna refreshes herself with the whales. It’s been about 7 years since she moved to the aquarium.

“She was about a year old when we first visited her. We wanted to revisit our memories now that she is 8 years old. We wanted to see it,” said Deepti Gupta.

The colony of 33 African penguins is in the sun.

“A big misconception about penguins is that they live on ice and snow, but our penguins prefer the summer season. And a nice warm day like day is the preferred climate for them,” said Supervisor Tracy Camp. African penguins.

All eyes are on these endangered penguins.

If it’s too hot for them, they know what to do. Hide in the shade, hang around sprinklers, or, “but like all of us, if they really need to cool off, they’ll cool off in the pool,” Camp said.

Near exposures of the Arctic Coast and the Pacific Northwest, seals also hydrate non-stop.

“The water is always kept at a constant 55 degrees, so they’re actually as cool as possible in the water,” said Mairim Martinez, Northwest Arctic Coast and Habitat Supervisor. Peaceful.

Fur, harbor and spotted seals also have a pipe to play with, or they nibble on ice that is constantly being added.

“They still have access to shelter. They can go indoors where we have fans and we can keep them a little cooler. But they prefer to be on display with all their friends,” Martinez said. “So you’re going to notice there are pools of ice water that they can jump in and out of.”

No matter the weather, the Mystic team is monitoring the animals to make sure they too stay cool during this heat wave.

If you want to cool off with the penguins, you can enter for free until September 5.

You can book an hour online here.


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