About Mystic Aquarium's Animal Rescue Program
Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program supports marine animals in need and educates the public about the ocean environment and its inhabitants. The public is encouraged to call the Aquarium’s 24-hour hotline at 860.572.5955 ext. 107 if they encounter a marine mammal or sea turtle in CT, RI or Fishers Island, NY. Mystic Aquarium is a founding member of the Northeast Region Stranding Network. This network is comprised of organizations along the eastern sea coast which have facilities and trained staff to care for sick and injured animals. Marine mammals are protected species, so only groups and facilities authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service are permitted to handle these animals. To date, Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program has responded to more than 2,000 stranded seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles and even a manatee!