Mystic Aquarium Has the Cure for Cabin Fever

Mystic, CT – Mystic Aquarium recently rolled out the “Cabin Fever” promotion as a way to help families beat the winter blues.  Discounted admission to enjoy fluorescent fish, playful penguins, beautiful belugas and so much more will go a long way toward curing cabin fever. Mystic Aquarium is offering a 15% discount on all tickets purchased online at MysticAquarium.org.
 
Studies have shown that a change in scenery is simple but a tremendous help in overcoming winter blues. 
 
“I’ll admit a change of scenery did wonders for me,” said Josh Davis, a penguin trainer at Mystic Aquarium.  Davis recently traveled to Cape Town South Africa to assist with the Chick Bolstering Project at the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB). Chick bolstering is the act of rehabilitating and preparing abandoned African penguin chicks for their release back into their native colonies.
 
“But nothing beats being home with my Mystic Aquarium family, our colony of South African penguins, and our guests,” added Davis.  “These experiences bring first-hand accounts of how important we all are to ocean conservation.”
 
Fellow trainer Jesse Ciletti also recently experienced a change of scenery in Mystic Aquarium’s fulfillment of their mission of ocean conservation.
 
“Coming home from Alaska was pretty emotional for me,” said Ciletti, Trainer of Cetaceans and Pinnipeds, who spent several weeks at Alaska SeaLife Center help to care for Tyonek, the orphaned beluga whale.  “I am honored to have been a part of this experience where so many people and facilities have banded together to help. But, I’m glad to be home too, caring for Juno and Kela!” 
 
A little closer to home, our California sea lions and their trainers have also had a change of scenery.  Clara, Ripley and Pyp are temporarily on exhibit in the Aquarium’s Pacific Northwest exhibit.
 
“Working outside in the Pacific Northwest exhibit is a highlight of my 16-year career here at Mystic Aquarium,” said Deborah Pazzaglia, Senior Trainer, California sea lions. “I've been dying to cross train there and this goes far beyond that. Being immersed in the area for multiple days gives us the chance to really build a bond with their animals and equally important, gives our teams the chance to really bond. I can't stress enough how beneficial this has been.”
 
Families are invited to enjoy the benefits of a change of scenery at Mystic Aquarium by taking advantage of the Cabin Fever 15% online promotional discount.
 
A host of other great events are scheduled throughout the month of February including Living Fossils Up Close, Valentine’s Family Weekend, and Tropical Sunsation. These activities and more are free with membership and paid admission.

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About Mystic Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at MysticAquarium.org.

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