Deer Swims with Seals (Video)


Was the weather too hot?  A Connecticut deer decided to jump into an indoor/outdoor seal tank at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk on Tuesday.  Having swum out of the Norwalk River — nearby the aquarium — the deer surprised all onlookers when he jumped the wall and started to swim in the seal exhibit.

Aquarium workers quickly moved the people observing the exhibit to the inside section and closed the doors to keep the seals from swimming to the outside section where the deer swam around for about 20 — 30 minutes.  After attempts to remove the deer with a net failed, employees put a ramp in the water.  Eventually the deer saw this as an opportunity to remove himself as the center of attention and climbed out of the tank… with a little help from staffers.

Dave Sigworth, Aquarium publicist said in The Daily Easton “Deer are actually very good swimmers.  We have research boats that go out every day, and it’s not uncommon for them to see deer swimming around the Norwalk islands.”

It may not be unusual to see deer swimming around the waters near the aquarium, but apparently this is the first time a deer has joined an exhibit in the museum’s 23 year history.  Good to know the deer made it out okay and trotted back off to the wild.

Photo credit Lee Haywood via flickr


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 5 years ago

Sorry for captive animals but happy the deer shared the pool for a while and got out of the adventure safe!!!

Virginia G.

Sorry, don't seem to be able to send green stars but whatever - to all of you who thought this was rather sad for the confused deer and the captive sea - couldn't agree more!

Marcia O.
Marcia Oyler5 years ago

They all should be free!!

Kimberly Harnish
Kim Harnish6 years ago

God people are so stupid. Everyone should have been told to keep quiet when the deer was rescued and not clap and scream and just scare the deer more.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B6 years ago


Alessandra Cazzani

He must have been terrified!

Marilyn J L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

How in the world did the deer get in there in the first place? Thank goodness there was action to get her/him out.

Nancy L.
Nancy L6 years ago


Marlene Dinkins

itn n was not cute, both animals were in distress and scare.