02/02/17 6:00am

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.

“I just got into the marine mammal field and never looked back,” she said. (more…)

01/30/17 5:59am
The Long Island Aquarium will host a sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Feb. .(Credit: Claire Leaden)

The Long Island Aquarium will host a sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Feb. 23. (Credit: Claire Leaden, file photo)

Wake up with the fishes after an adventurous overnight at the Long Island Aquarium next month.

The Riverhead aquarium will host a family sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Thursday, February 23, beginning at 6 p.m. (more…)

12/09/16 6:00am
Santa arrives via helicopter in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

See Santa arrive via helicopter in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork? Northforker has you covered.

Here are nine events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.

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11/15/16 12:00pm
Fish & Sips Long Island Aquarium

Fish & Sips is one of the L.I. Aquarium’s most popular annual events. (Courtesy Photo)

Visit the Long Island Aquarium after-hours this Friday, November 18 for the 9th Annual Fish & Sips.

The aquarium will stay open late to celebrate the North Fork’s fall harvest by offering guests wine from more than 15 East End wineries, with the option to buy bottles just in time for Thanksgiving. (more…)

11/11/16 3:02pm
sea lion Long Island Aquarium

Veterans can visit Long Island Aquarium for free on Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11.

Looking for something to do on the North Fork? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.

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10/12/16 9:20am
The costume parade returns for Riverhead's Halloween Fest (Courtesy Katharine Schroeder)

There will be a costume parade during Riverhead’s Halloween Fest. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder , file photo)

Ready or not, here comes Halloween. From haunted houses to ghostly corn mazes to costume parties, there is something for everyone on the North Fork and Shelter Island this spooky season.

Here are 13 Halloween happenings. (more…)

09/01/16 10:48pm
A young visitor at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead says hello to Miss Ruby, a rare yellow lobster being held by Danny Lee, executive chef at Burger & Lobster in New York City. (Credit: Paul Squire)

A young visitor at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead says hello to Miss Ruby, a rare yellow lobster being held by Danny Lee, executive chef at Burger & Lobster in New York City. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Danny Lee, executive chef at the Burger & Lobster restaurant in the Flatiron District in Manhattan, goes through thousands pounds of lobster each week. Normally the lobsters are tossed into holding tanks before the crustaceans are cooked up for customers.

But earlier this month,  Lee spotted one lobster that looked different than all the rest in a shipment from Canada. Standing out in the sea of greenish-brown creatures was an orange-blonde lobster. It almost looked like it had been already cooked.

“She was very obvious,” he said. “She was different.” (more…)