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News

July 2, 2020

Support the Online Academy

The Aquarium is offering opportunities for individuals to support the Online Academy

The Online Academy provides innovative learning opportunities for students in pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade, as well as curated content for adults.

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What's New

July 1, 2020

Aquarium Remains Open with Outdoor Exhibits Only

Beginning Friday, July 3, through Friday, July 24, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be open with outdoor exhibits only in accordance with state health orders. Indoor areas will be temporarily closed.

Beginning Friday, July 3, through Friday, July 24, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be open with outdoor exhibits only in accordance with state health orders. Indoor areas will be temporarily closed.

Harbor seals on rocks as seen from Urban Ocean Cruise

News

June 15, 2020

Aquarium Announces Poetry Contest Winners

The Aquarium the Pacific is announcing the winners of its 11th Annual Poetry Contest as part of the Urban Ocean Festival. The contest’s theme in 2020 was Living Lighter on Earth in the Anthropocene.

The Aquarium the Pacific is announcing the winners of its 11th Annual Poetry Contest as part of the Urban Ocean Festival. The contest’s theme in 2020 was Living Lighter on Earth in the Anthropocene.

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What's New

June 11, 2020

Aquarium is Now Open With Safety Measures

Numerous health and safety measures have been put in place to protect visitors and staff members.

The Aquarium reopens to the public on Sunday, June 14. Advance timed reservations, face coverings for all visitors age 2 and older, and temperature checks are required.

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Special Announcement

June 8, 2020

Aquarium Announces New Scholarship

On June 8, World Ocean Day, the Aquarium announced a new scholarship.

On June 8, World Ocean Day, the Aquarium announced a new scholarship. The Aquarium’s Board Chair Kathleen Eckert made the announcement in a video.

Offshore oil rig

News

May 29, 2020

Aquarium Releases Report on Decommissioning Oil Rigs

Findings show that rig infrastructure serves as habitat for abundant marine life and state law provides no pathway for preserving rigs as artificial reefs.

The Aquarium of the Pacific has released a report on decommissioning offshore oil rigs in California. The report summarizes the proceedings and findings of a forum held at the Aquarium in January.

Bangs Island Mussels aquaculture farm

News

May 29, 2020

Aquarium Films Win Telly Awards

In May the Aquarium received Telly Awards for two of its original films.

The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television on a variety of platforms. The Aquarium has earned forty-six Telly Awards since 2008 for its original short films.

Avery the Magellanic penguin

News

May 7, 2020

Aquarium Mourns the Loss of Avery the Penguin

The Aquarium’s staff is saddened by the loss of Avery the Magellanic penguin, who passed away on May 7, 2020.

Avery passed away on May 7, 2020. The Aquarium’s staff will remember Avery for his mellow personality, intelligence, and his good parenting skills.

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Online Academy

March 23, 2020

Aquarium Launches Online Academy

The Aquarium of the Pacific is now offering an Aquarium Online Academy to bring educational programming as well as fun and entertaining activities to the public during the current closure.

The new program includes both on-demand videos and activities for all ages and a schedule of interactive live programs with Aquarium educators.

Juvenile giant sea bass - Yutaka

News

March 4, 2020

Aquarium and Partners Plan to Release Giant Sea Bass

Project partners include California State University, Northridge and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

After successful breeding programs in aquarium settings, the project partners hope to help local populations of this distinctive fish rebound. Juvenile giant sea bass are being released in local waters.

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News

March 1, 2020

Coral Reefs Exhibit Opens This Summer

Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities will showcase the beauty and diversity of coral reefs and their animal residents in the Aquarium’s newly reimagined Tropical Pacific Gallery.

Coral Reefs: Nature’s Underwater Cities will showcase the beauty and diversity of coral reefs and their animal residents in the Aquarium’s newly reimagined Tropical Pacific Gallery.

Millie the sea otter

News

February 27, 2020

Aquarium Welcomes a Special Sea Otter and Announces New Role in Helping Sea Otter Pups

The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Aquarium of the Pacific announce their partnership on the sea otter surrogacy program to help this threatened species recover off the coast of California.

The Aquarium of the Pacific announced today that it will become a partner facility for rehabilitating rescued sea otter pups, rearing them with the help of surrogate mothers, and coordinating their release back into the wild. The Aquarium is also welcoming a new sea otter named Millie, who they hope will be a surrogate mother to the orphaned sea otter pups.

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News

February 21, 2020

Photo Exhibit Showcases Marine Life in Local Tide Pools

Patsee Ober Photography is based in Laguna Beach, California.

An exhibit of photographs by Patsee Ober will be on view at the Aquarium from March 16 to May 16, 2020. Ober will give a talk about her process, equipment, and inspiration in creating the photos on the evening of March 16.

sea otter millie at edge of pool

What's New

January 18, 2020

Things to See and Do at the Aquarium

There are several ways to visit with discounted admission, plus festivals and arts events, and environmental education opportunities.

There are several ways to visit with discounted admission, plus festivals and arts events, and environmental education opportunities.

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Vision

January 15, 2020

More Than You Ever Imagined

Conservation, Education, and Research

Beyond its world-class exhibits, the Aquarium of the Pacific has extensive programming that educates and inspires people of all ages, connects science and the arts, gathers experts to tackle the planet’s biggest environmental problems, and conserves endangered animals and threatened ecosystems.

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