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Beluga Encounter

  • Enjoy a classroom introduction and preparation (approx. 20 min.) followed by a 20 minute in-water experience where you'll pull on waterproof waders and go waist-deep in the Arctic Coast exhibit to meet a beluga. Learn about the species and try your hand at directing a behavior. Feel the whale's melon and finish with a posed photo with a beluga. A question and answer session is available to conclude the program.
  • To ensure guest safety during the animal encounter, Mystic Aquarium staff will first discuss safety protocols with program participants. Guests are required to wear a personal flotation device for the duration of their encounter program. An Aquarium staff member will at all times be responsible for monitoring guest conduct and behavior.
  • Participants must be at least 5 feet tall and able to stand unassisted for duration of program; children under 16 must be accompanied by paying, participating adult.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to encounter time to complete a program liability form.
  • Encounter occurs rain or shine and is available May – October.
  • Please note: General admission is NOT included in encounter pricing. Admission ticket purchase is REQUIRED.
  • If you have a gift certificate, please contact Reservations at 860.572.5955 ext. 520 to register.
  • For a full refund of reservation/encounter fees, cancellation must be made a full 72 hours (3 days) prior to the scheduled encounter program. Fees are non-refundable for cancellations received less than 72 hours from the date of the scheduled program. At least 48 hours (2 days) notice is required to reschedule an encounter program. If participants do not meet the encounter requirements, the program will be considered void and no refund or reschedule will be issued.