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Aquarium Live:  The Aquarium’s Online Academy

The Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to offer an Online Academy to bring our educational programming as well as fun and entertaining activities to the public.

Here you will find both on-demand videos and activities for all ages and a schedule of interactive live programs with our educators, from virtual classroom sessions to Pacific Pals puppets. This page will be updated regularly with new content and live dates as they become available.​

Streaming Live on July 14, 2020 9:00 AM–3:00 PM

Shark and Ray Awareness Day

Aquarium Academy

July 14, 2020 9:00 AM—3:00 PM

Shark and Ray Awareness Day

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a virtual day-long event as we celebrate Shark and Ray Awareness Day!

Upcoming Aquarium Academy

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Blue Economy: An Introduction

Virtual Lecture

July 15, 2020 7:00 PM—8:00 PM

The Blue Economy: An Introduction

Charles Colgan will introduce the ideas behind the blue economy, assess current efforts to create it, and explore the problem of how we will know if we have been successful in creating a blue economy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Fantastic Beasts: Dragons of the Deep, Gelatinous Sea Creatures, Slugs with Solar Panels, Fish with Hair?

Virtual Lecture

July 22, 2020 7:00 PM—8:00 PM

Fantastic Beasts: Dragons of the Deep, Gelatinous Sea Creatures, Slugs with Solar Panels, Fish with Hair?

Mike Bartick is a professional diver residing in Anilao, Philippines, in the heart of the Coral Triangle. His fascination for strange and beautiful sea life has taken him nearly around the globe in search of that special critter encounter.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Global Warming Demystified: The Science, The Consequences, and The Solutions

Virtual Lecture

August 11, 2020 7:00 PM—8:00 PM

Global Warming Demystified: The Science, The Consequences, and The Solutions

Jeffrey Bennett will answer questions about the science of global warming, while showing that the solutions to this important problem are ones that people of all persuasions can agree on.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hope for Reefs: Advancing the Science of Coral Reef Restoration

Virtual Lecture

August 27, 2020 7:00 PM—8:00 PM

Hope for Reefs: Advancing the Science of Coral Reef Restoration

Bart Shepherd will discuss the California Academy of Sciences’ coral reef restoration efforts.

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Additional Programs

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Live webcams

Visit the Aquarium’s exhibits virtually by tuning in to webcams that stream live feeds from inside several of the exhibits.

Viewers can check in on the Magellanic penguins, sharks, sea jellies, Tropical Reef Habitat, Honda Blue Cavern, and other exhibits.

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Digital Visitor’s Guide Embossing Activity

Virtually explore the Aquarium’s galleries and search for answers to questions about our animals.

Download the Visitor’s Guide and use our Online Learning Center to find the answers to all 8 questions. Once you complete the activity, you’ll unlock a digital surprise, courtesy of the SoCal Honda Dealers Association.

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The Daily Bubble

We are excited to bring you Pacific Pals’ new daily show, “The Daily Bubble”.

Your friends will update you on happenings at the Aquarium with interviews, news, and educational content in a news format.

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Aquarium Virtual Tour

Experience an immersive virtual tour of the Aquarium created by Xplorit.

See 360-degree views of each gallery space and “walk” through the exhibit halls to see the sights and hear the sounds of the Aquarium. Click on Enter VR to view the exhibits with a WebVR-capable browser or VR headset.

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Science on a Sphere Shows

View the Aquarium’s Science on a Sphere shows on the SOS Explorer app

The app was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Lecture by Sergio Gamberini who has developed a method for growing plants underwater in a biosphere. Aquarium of the Pacific/Andrew Reitsma

Guest Speaker Series

Catch up on lectures at the Aquarium featuring scientists, artists, journalists, and Aquarium staff members.

A full archive dating back to 2010 is available on the website. Lectures cover a wide variety of topics, from ocean research and conservation to how we can use art to build connections to nature and among people. Each speaker also records a short Aquacast at the Aquarium, and this archive is also available on the website.

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The Aquarium’s YouTube channel features hundreds of videos.

Videos include recordings from past Aquarium forums and the current session of Aquatic Academy, Hugh’s Views (a volunteer’s view of the Aquarium and its animals), Pacific Pals music videos, and animal videos.

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Online exhibits

Learn about whales and listen to their sounds with the Whales:// Voices in the Sea online exhibit.

Explore the Aquarium, its inhabitants, and our current and past projects through interactive story maps.

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Online Learning Center

Read up on animal facts in the Aquarium’s Online Learning Center.

These feature profiles of many of the Aquarium’s animals, plus others, to provide educational information on these species.

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Aquatic Academy Courses

Delve into important topics facing our Ocean Planet.

Watch a series of courses for adults by leading experts on topics ranging from climate change to sea level rise, extreme weather, and California and water.

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Grilled oysters with BBQ chipotle butter. Hog Island Oyster Company

Seafood for the Future

The Aquarium’s Seafood for the Future program created a web series called Ocean to Table: Stories of Food, Farming, and Conservation.

Each video showcases a different ocean farm and different types of seafood, and includes cooking tips and recipes. Visit the Seafood for the Future YouTube channel for more seafood videos, including educational shorts on the environmental benefits of responsible seafood farming.

More Things To Do

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EcoAlliance Mobile App

The Pacific Visions EcoAlliance app is inspired by the experiences and exhibits in the Pacific Visions wing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California.