Enjoy extraordinary animal experiences from afar! While streaming live from the New England Aquarium, our aquarists and trainers will share fascinating facts about our animals and answer any questions you have.

Choose from five different encounters below: sea lions or fur seals, harbor seals, penguins, the Giant Ocean Tank, or dwarf seahorses. Each encounter lasts approximately 30 minutes. Participants are asked to provide Zoom links and join 5-10 minutes prior to the session to ensure everyone is on the call by the start of the program. Pricing starts at $195 for up to 30 people. Advanced reservations and payment required.
Please note: The cost of the Virtual Encounter includes the 30 minute program time plus 5-10 minutes of set up with New England Aquarium staff immediately preceding the program.
marine mammal trainer with ipad and fur seal

Sea Lion or Fur Seal Encounter

Join our marine mammal trainers in the New Balance Foundation Marine Mammal Center for a training session with a California sea lion or northern fur seal. Learn about how we train, why we train, and what you can do to protect the ocean environment for these amazing animals.

Available Times:
Through December 31, 2022: Daily, 12:00 p.m.

Harbor Seal Encounter

Engage with a marine mammal trainer as they conduct a training session with an Atlantic Harbor Seal, located outside on the Front Plaza. Learn about how we train, why we train, and what you can do to protect the ocean environment for these amazing animals.

Available Times:
Through December 31, 2022: Daily, 11:00 a.m.

penguin aquarist with phone and african penguins

Penguin Encounter

Learn what it takes to care for a colony of over 70 penguins! Our penguin experts will share some remarkable facts about penguins and the excellent care they receive, and how you can take action to protect these incredible animals.

Available Times:
Through December 31, 2022: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.

diver underwater with sea turtle

Giant Ocean Tank Encounter

Explore what it takes to care for the Aquarium’s largest exhibit! Go behind-the-scenes with an aquarist to meet the Caribbean species who live in this 200,000-gallon habitat, and the diving and other equipment we use to maintain it. We’ll also share what you can do to conserve delicate reef ecosystems around the world!

Available Times:
Through December 31, 2022: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4:00 p.m.

Seadragon Encounter

Join the aquarists at our private, offsite Animal Care Center for a feeding session with our weedy seadragons. Learn about this unique species, including what they eat, how we sustainably culture their food onsite, and how we work to help conserve their wild populations.

Available Times:
Through December 31, 2022: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

For questions about Virtual Encounters, please call Reservations at 617-973-5206.