About Us

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Sea Research Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education, and research. We operate Mystic Aquarium. Sea Research conducts pioneering research that expands the knowledge base of aquarists and marine biologists, advances important deep-sea discoveries, and inspires new generations to care for the environment and pursue careers in science.

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Mystic Aquarium

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Mystic Aquarium 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 beluga whales. Each year, over 700,000 visitors are introduced to the wonders of the underwater world. More>

A hub for aquatic research, aquatic veterinarians across the nation have trained at Mystic Aquarium. More>

Educational Initiatives

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Mystic Aquarium provides engaging educational programs that aim at building a connection with the natural world and fostering understanding of how organisms, habitats, and ecosystems work. More>