It's a day out at sea -- a day the Maritime Aquarium has been offering for 25 years with its marine life study cruises.
"The children really love the hands-on [approach], really getting involved," says Karen Kelly, a mother from Almond, NY. Kelly and her children took part in a life study cruise Friday.
Maritime Aquarium educator Nicki Rosenfeld explains the cruises revolve around three biological samples of Long Island Sound. Each sample results in different kind of marine life winding up on board.
"We found jellyfish," says Jamie, of Westchester, NY. "I had a mudsnail on my hand for a while."
"We've gotten sharks, we get squid, mantis shrimp," says Rosenfeld. "We get blue crabs."
"It's cool because you don't normally see [these animals]," says Lauren, also of Westchester. "And then you can see them and even hold them."
"I learned there are different types of plankton," Jamie says. "And some jellyfish sting and some don't."
Rosenfeld says the hands-on approach gives cruise-goers a "more direction connection" with Long Island Sound.
"[Kids] just come up with answers," Kelly says. "They involve the kids and ask them to give answers. You can see how much they're remembering."
"It's amazing how much stuff they remember," she says.
Cruises run every day at 1 p.m. through August, and on Saturdays in September. For more information, visit www.maritimeaquarium.org.