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scariumofpacific_-_credit_aquarium_of_pacific.jpg.jpeg links to Scarium of the Pacific: Spooktacular Halloween Fun for the Whole Family

October 3, 2017

Scarium of the Pacific: Spooktacular Halloween Fun for the Whole Family 

The event will feature various Halloween programs, including the annual children’s costume contest, magic shows, underwater pumpkin carving, and much more.

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September 29, 2017

Experience an Evening of Traditional Indian Music and Cuisine at the Aquarium, October 1, 2017 

Experience the sounds and flavors of India for the first time at the Aquarium of the Pacific. On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Aquarium will present an event in collaboration with The Music Circle called Divine Strings: An Evening of Meditative Indian Music.

Surface of the Big Blue Ocean links to Experts Share the Latest Climate Change Predictions, from Sea Level Rise to Impacts on Coral Reefs

September 11, 2017

Experts Share the Latest Climate Change Predictions, from Sea Level Rise to Impacts on Coral Reefs 

Scientists and researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and UC Irvine will share findings on the connections between the ocean and climate change at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Sea Fare 2017 Postcard links to Food, Fish, and Fun at the Aquarium’s 14th Annual Sea Fare

September 11, 2017

Food, Fish, and Fun at the Aquarium’s 14th Annual Sea Fare 

On this night, when all proceeds benefit the Aquarium’s education, conservation, and animal care programs, guests can enjoy an evening of gourmet cuisine from more than twenty food and beverage providers, along with open bars.

Dancers in traditional dresses links to Aquarium Hosts 16th Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival The Weekend Of September 23-24

September 10, 2017

Aquarium Hosts 16th Annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival The Weekend Of September 23-24 

Aquarium’s festival celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and features dance and music performances, bilingual environmental programs, and arts and crafts.

Southeast Asian dance performers links to Aquarium’s Thirteenth Annual Southeast Asia Day Celebrates Vibrant Local Communities

September 9, 2017

Aquarium’s Thirteenth Annual Southeast Asia Day Celebrates Vibrant Local Communities 

Dance, music, and crafts from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar transform the Aquarium into an exotic destination.

The Chumash Family Singers links to Local Maritime Cultures Celebrated at Moompetam, the Aquarium’s Annual Native American Festiva

September 8, 2017

Local Maritime Cultures Celebrated at Moompetam, the Aquarium’s Annual Native American Festiva 

Several tribes will be represented at the Aquarium through live music and dance, cultural craft presentations, and artifacts of daily life.

2017 penguin chick links to Penguin Chick to Waddle on Exhibit at the Aquarium

August 8, 2017

Penguin Chick to Waddle on Exhibit at the Aquarium 

The chick will leave its nursery to join its parents and siblings in the Aquarium’s June Keyes Penguin Habitat on August 8, 2017.

Sampling of food available at Summer Happy Hour on the Veranda links to Summer Happy Hour with the Fishes Friday Afternoons

July 21, 2017

Summer Happy Hour with the Fishes Friday Afternoons 

Aquarium guests can enjoy cocktails, snacks, and live jazz music with a view on the rooftop Veranda overlooking Rainbow Harbor.

Blue Whale Fluke Horizontal links to Aquarium Discusses Current Conservation Issues Affecting World’s Largest Whale

July 18, 2017

Aquarium Discusses Current Conservation Issues Affecting World’s Largest Whale 

Endangered blue whales in Southern California are the focus of Aquarium’s whale programs this summer.

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July 18, 2017

Aquarium Staff Member Selected to Explore Ocean Aboard Robert Ballard’s Nautilus 

Aquarium educator to participate in groundbreaking science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative exploring deep-sea biology, chemistry, and geology in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Plastic cups and straws links to Nineteen Top Aquariums Join Forces to Tackle Growing Plastic Pollution Threat Facing Ocean

July 10, 2017

Nineteen Top Aquariums Join Forces to Tackle Growing Plastic Pollution Threat Facing Ocean 

Aquariums from coast to coast shift away from single-use plastic products and packaging, rally consumers to build market demand for innovative alternatives.

2017 penguin chick links to Penguin Chick Hatches at the Aquarium

July 6, 2017

Penguin Chick Hatches at the Aquarium 

Before the chick goes on public view at the Aquarium, it can be seen on the nursery webcam. The chick is currently behind the scenes learning to take food from Aquarium animal care staff members.

Blue Whale Gala 2017 Group Portrait links to Aquarium Honors Dr. Marcia McNutt and Dr. Peter Kareiva as 2017 Ocean Conservation Award Winners

July 6, 2017

Aquarium Honors Dr. Marcia McNutt and Dr. Peter Kareiva as 2017 Ocean Conservation Award Winners 

Approximately 480 guests attended the Blue Whale Gala, which raised over $320,000 for the nonprofit Aquarium and its ocean conservation and education initiatives.

Augustin Fuentes links to Aquarium Lecture: The Creative Spark - Imagination and Collaboration in Human Evolution

June 7, 2017

Aquarium Lecture: The Creative Spark - Imagination and Collaboration in Human Evolution 

Scientist and author Agustín Fuentes will discuss and sign copies of his book,The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional.

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June 7, 2017

Save the Vaquita Day at the Aquarium on July 9 

You can help the Aquarium of the Pacific protect a critically endangered species andspread the message of conservation on International Save the Vaquita Day.

Fireworks over the Aquarium of the Pacific links to Celebrate the 4th of July at the Aquarium

June 7, 2017

Celebrate the 4th of July at the Aquarium 

Families will be able to witness the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks display.

Alex Hall links to Aquarium Lecture: Climate Change, the Sierra Nevada, and Our Water Future

June 7, 2017

Aquarium Lecture: Climate Change, the Sierra Nevada, and Our Water Future 

Professor Alex Hall of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his research team have set out to understand future impacts of climate change on the mountain landscapes we love—and the snowpack upon which California depends for its water resources.

Blue Whale Gala logo with blue whale graphic links to Aquarium Announces Ocean Conservation Award Recipients to be Honored at its Blue Whale Gala

June 7, 2017

Aquarium Announces Ocean Conservation Award Recipients to be Honored at its Blue Whale Gala 

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its black-tie Blue Whale Gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

View from space of Earth links to Show Your Love of the Ocean on World Ocean Day at the Aquarium

June 7, 2017

Show Your Love of the Ocean on World Ocean Day at the Aquarium 

On June 8, World Ocean Day, guests can learn about ocean conservation issues at special educational tables throughout the Aquarium.

Aquarium exterior view from harbor art links to Aquarium of the Pacific Honored as Founding Member of The Climate Registry

May 19, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific Honored as Founding Member of The Climate Registry 

The Aquarium was one of six organizations that was recognized on The Climate Registry’s tenth anniversary.

Musique Sur La Mer at the Aquarium links to Experience a Night of Orchestral Music at the Aquarium by Musique Sur La Mer

May 12, 2017

Experience a Night of Orchestral Music at the Aquarium by Musique Sur La Mer 

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to a musical evening of pops music and food to celebrate the ocean with the Musique Sur La Mer string orchestra under the direction of Marcy Sudock.

Kampachi in aquapod links to Will Farmed Fish Save Our Oceans, Delight Our Palates, and Provide Healthy Food for All?

May 12, 2017

Will Farmed Fish Save Our Oceans, Delight Our Palates, and Provide Healthy Food for All? 

UCLA’s Institute of Environment and Sustainability and the Aquarium of the Pacific jointly present a discussion on the conservation, science, economics, and best practices for aquaculture.

AOP_Cortina_Muse_Award.JPG links to Aquarium/Cortina Productions Win Prestigious Award From American Alliance of Museums

May 9, 2017

Aquarium/Cortina Productions Win Prestigious Award From American Alliance of Museums 

The Aquarium, in collaboration with Cortina Productions, has won a 2017 MUSE Award from the American Alliance of Museums for the program titled Pacific Visions. This video tells the story of the aquarium’s first major expansion, the Pacific Visions wing, which will open in early 2019.

Mossy Frog links to Aquarium of the Pacific to Open New Exhibits This Summer

May 3, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific to Open New Exhibits This Summer 

This summer visitors to the Aquarium of the Pacific can embark on a journey around the planet and back to California through new exhibits, films, and programs.

Pacific_Tree_Frog.jpg links to Discover the Dazzling Diversity of Frogs and Their Amphibian Relatives at the Aquarium

May 3, 2017

Discover the Dazzling Diversity of Frogs and Their Amphibian Relatives at the Aquarium 

Learn why frogs and other amphibians are disappearing from our planet and what you can do to help.

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May 2, 2017

Aquarium Opens Our Water Future Friday, May 26 

The newly themed area will open on May 26 with interactive exhibits, digital displays, a monarch butterfly garden, and other components.

Archerfish links to Fish That “Shoot” Water to be Featured in New Exhibit at the Aquarium

May 1, 2017

Fish That “Shoot” Water to be Featured in New Exhibit at the Aquarium 

They don’t need a bow and arrow to hunt for food. Archerfish shoot water out of their mouth with a powerful blast to hunt insects near the surface of the water.

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April 7, 2017

Students Enjoy Aquarium Visit During the Grand Prix Thanks to Funding from Premier Long Beach 

Since 2003 Premier Long Beach has donated more than $148,000 in scholarship funds, providing Aquarium visits for more than 19,500 students.

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April 5, 2017

Explore Southern California’s Coast at Aquarium’s Urban Ocean Festival, April 29-30 

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its eighth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017.

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April 5, 2017

Celebrate Southern California’s Unique Coast at Aquarium’s Urban Ocean Festival 

Members of the media are invited to preview the Aquarium’s Urban Ocean Festival on Thursday, April 12, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

IMG_0138.JPG links to AZA-Accredited Aquariums and Zoos Announce $1 Million for Emergency Rescue Plan to Save the Vaquita

April 4, 2017

AZA-Accredited Aquariums and Zoos Announce $1 Million for Emergency Rescue Plan to Save the Vaquita 

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and over 100 of its members have pledged over $1 million toward the emergency rescue of the vaquita porpoise, the world’s most endangered marine mammal.

Long Beach skyline from a boat links to Embark On Urban Ocean Cruises And Explore A Place Where Wildlife And Human Life Coexist

April 4, 2017

Embark On Urban Ocean Cruises And Explore A Place Where Wildlife And Human Life Coexist 

During this two-hour voyage you can explore the urban ocean around the shores of Long Beach and San Pedro.

IMG_3997.JPG links to Celebrate Kids at the Aquarium’s 11th Annual International Children’s Festival

April 1, 2017

Celebrate Kids at the Aquarium’s 11th Annual International Children’s Festival 

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s twelfth annual International Children’s Festival is a special festival for kids on the weekend of April 1-2, 2017.

2017 Shelby Harbor Seal birthday links to Seal Celebrates Senior Birthday At The Aquarium

March 22, 2017

Seal Celebrates Senior Birthday At The Aquarium 

She’s turning 21, and she is a senior! The public is invited to join Shelby the harbor seal to celebrate her over-the-wave birthday on Wednesday, March 22.

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March 15, 2017

New Penguin to Waddle on Exhibit March 15 

Admiral Fancy Pants, a two-year-old male Magellanic Penguin, will waddle on exhibit before the Aquarium of the Pacific opens on Wednesday, March 15.

Old Fashioned Diving Suit links to Aquarium Offers Free Admission to SCUBA Divers During 16th Annual Divers Day

March 11, 2017

Aquarium Offers Free Admission to SCUBA Divers During 16th Annual Divers Day 

Dive in to the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 16th annual Divers Day Festival on Saturday, March 11 to experience live dive demonstrations and to meet more than 11,000 animals.

The Great Hall during Earth Day Celebration links to Aquarium Of The Pacific Hosts Its Annual  Earth Day Celebration

March 1, 2017

Aquarium Of The Pacific Hosts Its Annual Earth Day Celebration 

Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet while visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific for its annual Earth Day Celebration on April 22 and 23.

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March 1, 2017

Senior Sea Otter Celebrates Birthday at the Aquarium of the Pacific 

Join us in celebrating an ‘over the wave’ birthday as Charlie turns 20—the oldest male sea otter in an aquarium or zoo.

sustainability.jpg links to Aquarium Evening Course Will Examine Threats to Coastal Cities Posed by Climate Change

March 1, 2017

Aquarium Evening Course Will Examine Threats to Coastal Cities Posed by Climate Change 

Experts will discuss how cities can pursue sustainability and minimize risk factors and address the role of cities in improving environmental footprints.

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