Steve Coan Seal Splash 2018

PHOTO: Courtesy of Mystic Aquarium, Dr. Stephen M. Coan heads into the ocean at
Eastern Point Beach as part of a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Program.


February 17, 2018 (Mystic, Conn.): On a sunny but chilly day, Dr. Stephen M. Coan, President & CEO of Mystic Aquarium, jumped into the Long Island Sound at Eastern Point Beach in Groton, Conn - all in the name of conservation. After receiving a challenge from his wife, Patti, Coan participated in the Aquarium’s Fifth Annual Seal Splash this afternoon.

Supporters rose to the challenge to raise over $25,000 to send “Steve splashing”. Always a good sport, Coan joined over 60 hardy souls jumping into the icy cold water to help raise money for Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. The annual event raised nearly $40,000.

PHOTO: Attached is an image, courtesy of Mystic Aquarium, of Dr. Stephen M. Coan heading into the ocean at Eastern Point Beach as part of a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Program.

Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program supports animals in need and educates the public about the marine environment and its inhabitants. The public is encouraged to call the Aquarium’s 24-hour hotline at 860.572.5955 ext. 107 if they encounter a marine mammal or sea turtle in Conn., R.I. or Fishers Island, N.Y. Mystic Aquarium is a founding member of the Northeast Region Stranding Network. This network in comprised of organizations along the eastern sea coast which have facilities and trained staff to care for sick and injured animals. Marine Mammals are protected species, so only groups and facilities authorized by the National Marine Fisheries Service are permitted to handle these animals.

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

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