MYSTIC, CT – With six outdoor exhibits housing a variety of animals, Mystic Aquarium is preparing for Hurricane Irene. As severe weather approaches, stingrays from the “Ray Touch Pool,” 30 African penguins from the “Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion” and hundreds of exotic birds from “Birds of the Outback” will be moved inside. Marine mammals, including sea lions, seals and beluga whales, will continue to remain outdoors in their secure habitats. Husbandry staff will be on the premises around the clock to monitor animal safety, water levels and power sources. Mystic Aquarium is equipped with backup generators in the event of a power outage. To further ensure animal safety, all items that are not securely grounded, such as umbrellas, exhibit canopies, trash and recycling receptacles, and kiosks, will be removed.