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Pacific Currents Spring 2014

Pacific Currents

April 9, 2014

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Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium

Find out about the operations that go into running a world-class aquarium in a typical twenty-four-hour period.

Pacific Currents Winter 2014

Pacific Currents

January 7, 2014

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Seahorses & Sea Dragons

Learn about seahorses and sea dragons, members of the syngnathid family of fishes.

Pacific Currents Fall 2013

Pacific Currents

August 28, 2013

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Exploring the Ocean Today and Tomorrow

Learn about current expeditions and a recent gathering of ocean explorers.

Pacific Currents Spring 2013

Pacific Currents

April 19, 2013

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Ocean Exploration

Learn about the Aquarium’s ocean exploration programming and new Wonders of the Deep exhibit opening this summer. New programs include films, lectures, live feeds from exploration vessels at sea, and more. This issue also includes quotes from ocean explorers on the importance of pursuing new discoveries beneath the sea. In Animal Updates, read about new arrivals at the Aquarium, including hagfish and chambered nautiluses, and get updates on otters Gidget and Charlie. The Focus on Sustainability column includes an action plan developed at a recent Aquatic Academy course for averting an “environmental cliff.”

Pacific Currents Winter 2013

Pacific Currents

January 9, 2013

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Seals & Sea Lions

Learn about the Aquarium’s harbor seals and California sea lions. These marine mammals have adaptations that help them live in cold ocean waters and take long, deep dives in pursuit of food. In Animal Updates, read about new arrivals at the Aquarium, including a Black-Backed Magpie, Collared Aracari, Laughing Kookaburra, and flamboyant cuttlefish. The Focus on Sustainability column covers the winter rainy season in Southern California and how it creates storm water runoff that carries trash and other pollution from city streets into waterways and eventually into the ocean.

Pacific Currents Fall 2012

Pacific Currents

September 5, 2012

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The Aquarium’s Feathered Friends

Learn about the robust collection of birds at the Aquarium of the Pacific, including diving birds, shorebirds, lorikeets, and birds of prey. In Animal Updates, read about Bixby the harbor seal pup, Betty the sea otter, and a breeding pair of Guam Micronesian Kingfishers recently put on public exhibit. The Focus on Sustainability column covers resources for locating Southern California’s marine protected areas and learning the regulations that govern them. In Conservation Corner, learn about local seabirds and the threats they face in the wild.

Pacific Currents Spring 2012

Pacific Currents

April 19, 2012

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Meet Our New Penguins

Penguins are found on four continents in the Southern Hemisphere and live in regions that range from the cold and icy Antarctic to the warm and temperate shores of South Africa and the Galapagos Islands. Learn about the variety of the world’s penguins and the Magellanic Penguins that will make their home at the Aquarium.

Pacific Currents Winter 2012

Pacific Currents

January 10, 2012

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The Wide World of Marine Invertebrates

Marine invertebrate animals range from the simple sponge to the sophisticated octopus, but they all have one thing in common: no backbone.

Pacific Currents Fall 2011

Pacific Currents

August 1, 2011

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Climate, Carbon, and the Ocean

Most of our energy use results in carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to climate change. Some of this carbon dioxide is also absorbed by the ocean and could cause lasting changes to ocean chemistry and biology.

Pacific Currents Spring 2011

Pacific Currents

May 1, 2011

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Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril

Learn how warmer temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic are causing environmental changes that affect the regions’ plants, animals, and people.

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