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2018_Blue_Whale_Gala_Logo.jpg links to Aquarium Announces Ocean Conservation Award Recipients to Be Honored at Its Blue Whale Gala

May 24, 2018

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 9, 2018. During the gala, the Aquarium will honor Betty White and Francisco J. Ayala, Ph.D., with the prestigious Ocean Conservation Award.

Aquarium exterior at purple dusk links to Aquarium Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Special Exhibits, New Animals, and Contests

May 2, 2018

Aquarium Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Special Exhibits, New Animals, and Contests 

Everyone is invited to join the Aquarium in celebrating its twentieth year with special events, programs, and exhibits throughout the summer. Learn the fascinating history of its animals and exhibits and meet some new animals.

Aquarium exterior view from harbor art links to Aquarium Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Special Summer Contests

May 2, 2018

Aquarium Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Special Summer Contests 

Everyone is invited to join the Aquarium in celebrating its twentieth year with special events, programs, and exhibits. Starting May 25 Aquarium visitors can participate in summer contests, scavenger hunts, and challenges to win prizes.

Schmidt Ocean Institute Research Vessel Falkor links to Aquarium and Schmidt Ocean Institute Partner to Engage Public in Real-Time Shark Research

May 2, 2018

Aquarium and Schmidt Ocean Institute Partner to Engage Public in Real-Time Shark Research 

On May 10 at 10:45 a.m. the Aquarium will establish a ship-to-shore live video connection with the scientists aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor. Scientists are gathering data at the “White Shark Cafe” in the Pacific Ocean.

Long Beach skyline from a boat links to Embark on Urban Ocean Cruises and Explore a Place Where Wildlife and Human Life Coexist

April 29, 2018

Embark on Urban Ocean Cruises and Explore a Place Where Wildlife and Human Life Coexist 

Embark on a journey aboard a Harbor Breeze Cruises’ double-decker yacht with an Aquarium naturalist to visit one of the most distinctive sections of the local coastline and experience the wonders of Southern California’s urban ocean.

Trashin Fashion models wearing dresses made of recycled materials links to Explore and Celebrate SoCal’s Coast at Aquarium’s Urban Ocean Festival, April 28-29

April 28, 2018

Explore and Celebrate SoCal’s Coast at Aquarium’s Urban Ocean Festival, April 28-29 

The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its ninth annual Urban Ocean Festival on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, 2018.

ShelbyPup.jpg links to Aquarium’s Harbor Seal Gives Birth to Pup

April 20, 2018

Aquarium’s Harbor Seal Gives Birth to Pup 

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is pleased to announce that Shelby, one of the Aquarium’s harbor seals, has given birth to a pup.

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

April 19, 2018

Aquarium 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, April 21 and 22.

Local elementary students visit Aquarium thanks to scholarship funding from Premier links to Students Race to the Aquarium During the Grand Prix to Enjoy a Visit Funded by Premier Long Beach

April 12, 2018

Students Race to the Aquarium During the Grand Prix to Enjoy a Visit Funded by Premier Long Beach 

More than one hundred students from Jenny Oropeza Elementary and Cesar Chavez Elementary visited the Aquarium of the Pacific this week, thanks to a donation from Premier Long Beach.

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March 8, 2018

New Aquarium Show Traces the Rise of Humans and Our Impact on the Planet 

The Aquarium of the Pacific has developed a new show for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere®. Set to play daily in the Aquarium’s Ocean Science Center starting on March 15, the show traces human history from our species’ origins in Africa 300,000 years ago to our current population of 7.5 billion.

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March 7, 2018

Aquarium to Display Artwork From Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Artist-At-Sea Program 

The exhibit features artwork made from and inspired by the science done on the Falkor, the institute’s research vessel.

Four people dancing in front of the Aquarium's Blue Cavern exhibit links to Dance Under the Sea Stars at the Aquarium’s Latin-Themed Night

March 7, 2018

Dance Under the Sea Stars at the Aquarium’s Latin-Themed Night 

Guests can party with the sea stars and learn about marine life and the environment at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Latin-themed late night, Noche de Estrellas (Night of the Stars), on Friday, March 23, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Old Fashioned Diving Suit links to Free Admission for SCUBA Divers During Annual Divers Day Festival

March 7, 2018

Free Admission for SCUBA Divers During Annual Divers Day Festival 

The diving community is also invited to explore volunteer diving opportunities in Southern California. Divers who show proof of certification with a photo I.D. will receive free admission.

International children's choir links to Celebrate Kids at the Aquarium’s International Children’s Festival

March 7, 2018

Celebrate Kids at the Aquarium’s International Children’s Festival 

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s thirteenth annual International Children’s Festival is a special festival for kids on the weekend of March 17-18, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Surface of the Big Blue Ocean links to Evening Course Will Examine Sea Level Rise and Redrawing the World’s Coastlines

March 7, 2018

Evening Course Will Examine Sea Level Rise and Redrawing the World’s Coastlines 

This four-week course for adults will feature top climate scientists and other experts as speakers.

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March 7, 2018

License to Dive: Sea Otter Celebrates 21st Birthday 

Charlie the sea otter will be celebrating his big day in otter ways! Aquarium biologists will be presenting him with his “license” in the form of an edible seafood cake on his birthday.

profile portrait of Cain the sea lion links to New Sea Lion to Make Home at the Aquarium of the Pacific

February 6, 2018

New Sea Lion to Make Home at the Aquarium of the Pacific 

Cain is four years old and weighs nearly 250 pounds. He will begin his introduction to his new family in the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat on February 8.

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January 25, 2018

Aquarium of the Pacific Topping-Off Ceremony for New Pacific Visions Wing 

A Magellanic Penguin will be among the VIPs signing the last steel beam that will become part of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s first major expansion.

Mardi gras dancer with African American Festival text overlay links to Aquarium Hosts 16th Annual African-American Festival, February 24-25

January 22, 2018

Aquarium Hosts 16th Annual African-American Festival, February 24-25 

Guests can experience the sights and sounds of performances by local African-American groups, including Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circle musicians, and West African dancers.

otterbowl.jpg links to Get Ready for Kickoff as the Aquarium Hosts Its Fourth Annual Otter Bowl

January 22, 2018

Get Ready for Kickoff as the Aquarium Hosts Its Fourth Annual Otter Bowl 

The Aquarium of the Pacific is proud to present its fourth annual Otter Bowl. The otters will be playing with footballs and other enrichment toys for Otter Bowl IV, including footballs made out of clams.

2 humpback whales at surface links to Humpback Whales and Orcas Have Been Spotted in the Waters Off Long Beach

December 22, 2017

Humpback Whales and Orcas Have Been Spotted in the Waters Off Long Beach 

The Aquarium and Harbor Breeze Cruises invite the media to set sail for the chance to see whales and dolphins in local waters while exploring current ocean conservation issues.

Girl watching fish in exhibit links to Winter Camps Allow Children to Get Up Close to Marine Life at the Aquarium

December 8, 2017

Winter Camps Allow Children to Get Up Close to Marine Life at the Aquarium 

This winter parents can enroll their children in three winter day camps specially tailored to different age ranges.

Tommy Hollenstein wheelchair artist creating art with his wheelchair links to Aquarium’s 15th Annual Festival of Human Abilities Features Performances and Free Art Classes

December 7, 2017

Aquarium’s 15th Annual Festival of Human Abilities Features Performances and Free Art Classes 

Celebrate the talents and creativity of people with disabilities at the Aquarium on the weekend of January 27-28, and enjoy live music, dance, art, and demonstrations.

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December 6, 2017

Sea Grant Awards Funding to Aquarium’s Seafood For The Future Program 

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program, University of Southern California (USC) Sea Grant, and partners have been awarded $147,737 as part of the 2017 Sea Grant Aquaculture Initiative.

Chloe_RobinRiggs.jpg links to Chloe the Sea Otter Celebrates Birthday at the Aquarium

November 12, 2017

Chloe the Sea Otter Celebrates Birthday at the Aquarium 

She has a luxurious coat, eats restaurant-quality seafood, has many adoring fans, and is inviting everyone to her fifth birthday bash on Sunday, November 12, at 10:45 a.m.

Ocean Theater during a lecture links to American Honda and Aquarium of the Pacific Host Discussion About the Future of California’s Coast

November 10, 2017

American Honda and Aquarium of the Pacific Host Discussion About the Future of California’s Coast 

The Aquarium is hosting a two-day forum co-sponsored by American Honda called Sato-umi in the Anthropocene.

NOAA Day Insert links to Aquarium of the Pacific Hosts NOAA Day on Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 3, 2017

Aquarium of the Pacific Hosts NOAA Day on Saturday, November 18, 2017 

The public can find out how NOAA can keep them informed of the changing environment around them and how they can get involved.

Ray mascot and boy make snow angels links to Celebrate the Holidays December 2-24 at the Aquarium

November 1, 2017

Celebrate the Holidays December 2-24 at the Aquarium 

Visit Santa, see him SCUBA dive, enjoy a snow play area, and a variety of festivities during the holiday season at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The Edge front book cover links to Ocean Experts Discuss the Future of California’s Coast and Their New Book, The Edge

November 1, 2017

Ocean Experts Discuss the Future of California’s Coast and Their New Book, The Edge 

Conservationist Kim Steinhardt and scientist Gary Griggs will present a blend of science, policy, history, and personal adventure stories in their lecture on November 30.

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November 1, 2017

Enjoy a Night of Art, Music, and Entertainment at the Aquarium’s Night Dive, Nov. 10 

Night Dive features food trucks, live bands, and art installations.

Tomorrow_poster.jpg links to Explore the Relationship Between Humanity and the Planet During a Screening of the Film, Tomorrow

November 1, 2017

Explore the Relationship Between Humanity and the Planet During a Screening of the Film, Tomorrow 

The free screening of Tomorrow will be held in the Ocean Theater at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Autumn Festival lion dancer links to 16th Annual Autumn Festival Brings Magic and Beauty of the Fall Season to the Aquarium

November 1, 2017

16th Annual Autumn Festival Brings Magic and Beauty of the Fall Season to the Aquarium 

Celebrate the arts and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines on November 4 and 5, 2017, at the Aquarium.

Schubel, Ung, Jolie, and Molina at the screening links to Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung, and Aquarium Engage Long Beach’s Cambodian Community in Dialogue

October 27, 2017

Angelina Jolie, Loung Ung, and Aquarium Engage Long Beach’s Cambodian Community in Dialogue 

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosted a special screening of Netflix’s First They Killed My Father giving local Cambodian residents the chance to speak with the film’s creators, Jolie and Ung.

Mosaic artwork by Marcela Paz Luna Rossel links to Art Exhibit Explores Connection Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change

October 24, 2017

Art Exhibit Explores Connection Between Extreme Weather and Climate Change 

The Art of Climate Change Science from the La Jolla Historical Society will be on display in the Aquarium’s Great Hall through February 26.

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October 24, 2017

Aquarium Film Documents Worldwide Efforts to Respond to Climate Change 

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Southern California is debuting a new film designed to inspire viewers to take action in response to climate change called The Time is Now, The Future is Here.

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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.

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