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03/20/19 8:00am

TARA SMITH PHOTO Trainer Jenna Mercurio with Nila at the aquarium Friday.

The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead is gearing up to welcome the newest member of its family: a baby California sea lion. (more…)

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02/05/17 3:00pm
KRYSTEN MASSA PHOTO Max the seal gives Candyce Paparo, director of animal training at Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, a kiss on the cheek during his feeding last Thursday afternoon.

KRYSTEN MASSA PHOTO Max the seal gives Candyce Paparo, director of animal training at Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, a kiss on the cheek during his feeding last Thursday afternoon.

As director of animal training at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, Candyce Paparo’s responsibilities extend far beyond playing with monkeys and sea lions. In fact, Paparo spends more than 10 hours a day caring for the facility’s mammals — a job she and her team of eight trainers and assistants all relish. (more…)