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Behind the scenes at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead

Kidsday reporter Catherine Hall accompanies a staff member

Kidsday reporter Catherine Hall accompanies a staff member in the Long Island Aquarium trainer program. Photo Credit: Trish Hall

If you love seals and penguins, then you will love this!

The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead has great programs, including being a seal trainer for a day.

Here are the things a seal-trainer-for-a-day can do:

  • Learn how they train the animals and help Java, one of their sea lions, create a painting that you get to keep.
  • Go to the seal exhibit with a trainer.
  • Participate in a seal-training session and pet and feed a seal.
  • Help prepare food for seals.
  • Attend a sea lion show.
  • Get a kiss from Java and take home a photo!
  • Each trainer receives a T-shirt, certificate of completion, instructions on clicker training and full-day aquarium admission.

This great adventure runs through September, so get there soon. Register 24 hours in advance by calling 631-392-6179, ext. 426, or in person at the aquarium, at 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. Get more information online at


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