Visiting New England? You can't go wrong with a visit to beautiful Mystic, Connecticut, home of the historic Mystic Seaport (a must-see for history buffs) and the Mystic Aquarium, where you can witness first-hand some of God's most amazing creatures, from cute beluga whales to deadly poison dart frogs.
While there, don't miss the fluorescent coral exhibit, an eye-popping example of the beauty of God's creation, as well as the potential for humankind—scientists continue to study fluorescence for medical research. And those beautiful poison dart frogs are not just deadly; medical researchers believe their poison can produce a painkiller more powerful than morphine.
Other exhibits and attractions include sea lion shows, a discovery lab, ancient shipwrecks and a recreated hull of the Titanic, a Hidden Amazon (including piranhas safely behind glass; a bat cave; and the world's largest spider, the bird-eating goliath tarantula), African penguins, and, of course, a New England staple—the American Lobster exhibit. There are numerous educational programs and even a 3D "ride" available to guests as well.
Visit the Mystic Aquarium's website for more details at www.mysticaquarium.org.
Within the Hidden Amazon exhibit are the poison dart frogs, a bright spot in any visit to the aquarium. Named for the South American Indians' practice of lacing their blowdarts with the poison from the frogs' skin, poison dart frogs are among God's most colorful and well-protected creations. Their dazzling colors warn predators to leave them alone; some frogs produce poison so strong that they're fatal to humans. Medical research on the frogs' poison continues, and could lead to the development of a super-powerful pain killer.
The Ray Touch Pool is an opportunity to see and feel some of God's most enchanting creations—the gentle cownose ray. Watch them as they glide gracefully through the water, close enough to touch! The cownose ray likes to swim near the surface of the water, making him an ideal "hands-on" exhibit for children and adults. He might even splash you! Rays, like sharks, are cartilaginous fish—fish with cartilage instead of bones.
White beluga whales, recognizable for their color as well as their friendly, smiling faces, are native to the cold ocean waters of the Atlantic. In the vast Arctic Coast Exhibit, you can see New England's only beluga whales from underwater windows and caves, or above from rocky overlooks. Beluga whales, like other ocean mammals, are uniquely adapted to their environment—a great testimony to the God who created them to survive in such harsh climates.
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