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Veterans Day Salute From One Navy Seal To Another At Maritime Aquarium

Retired Navy Capt. Peter Wikul of Ridgefield gets a peck from Rasal the harbor seal in a demonstration Saturday during the Maritime Aquarium’s Veterans Day Weekend. He assists aquarists Azzara Oston (center) and Sarah Penfold with the Norwalk event.
Retired Navy Capt. Peter Wikul of Ridgefield gets a peck from Rasal the harbor seal in a demonstration Saturday during the Maritime Aquarium’s Veterans Day Weekend. He assists aquarists Azzara Oston (center) and Sarah Penfold with the Norwalk event. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. – Retired Navy Capt. Peter Wikul, a longtime and decorated Navy SEAL, got a kiss from Rasal the harbor seal for Veterans Day during a seal-training demonstration at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on Saturday.

Wikul, a resident Ridgefield, participated in each seal-training demonstration Saturday as part of the aquarium’s Veterans Day Weekend. He assisted aquarists Azzara Oston and Sarah Penfold in the shows for aquarium visitors.

Wikul retired in 2009 after a 39-year Navy career with the honorific title of “Bullfrog 13” as the longest-serving active-duty SEAL.

His roles included deputy commander of Special Operations Command South and commanding officer of the Kennedy Irregular Warfare Center at the Office of Navy Intelligence.

Rasal the harbor seal also served in the Navy and was trained in the 1980s to retrieve objects from the sea floor.

Other offerings Saturday and Sunday at The Maritime Aquarium include Military Touch-A- Truck, with three military vehicles onhand for exploration, and Scenic Coastal Cruises, which are free to veterans.

Plus, throughout the entire month of November, veterans and active-duty military receive free admission with ID/proof of service at the aquarium. Learn more at www.maritimeaquarium.org .

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