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Mystic Aquarium is one of four U.S. facilities holding Steller sea lions, and it has one of the largest outdoor beluga whale exhibits in the United States. Special exhibits include a ray and shark touch pool, a penguin exhibit and a jelly gallery.
The Ocean Exploration Center at the aquarium features maps, diagrams, and models from Dr. Robert Ballard's explorations of the Black Sea and of the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic. At the Nautilus Live Theater, presentations tell more of Dr. Ballard's recent explorations and the ship E/V Nautilus.