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Credit: Robin Riggs

Aquarium of the Pacific 25th anniversary octopus logo

April 30, 2023

25 Years of Connecting to Nature at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Join us as the Aquarium celebrates its 25th Anniversary with new exhibits, events, and programs highlighting the remarkable natural world right outside our door.

Kelp and seaweed on the deck of a boat

March 20, 2023

Aquarium Explores How People Shift Their Perceptions about Seafood and Seaweed Farming

A recent study published by the Aquarium and collaborators finds potential in messages that emphasize the environmental benefits of sustainable aquaculture.

test tubes on racks in a refridgerator

March 1, 2023

Aquarium Embarks on New Project to Help an Important Habitat Impacted by Climate Change

Kelp forests have been under threat and the Aquarium is joining partners in a new scientific project to help kelp.

Collage of 2023 African American Scholars Cohort

February 25, 2023

African American Scholar Program 2023 Recipients

For the third year in a row, a cohort of exceptional African American students are awarded scholarship funds and join a growing community of scholars engaging in various Aquarium efforts.

Fin whale mouth breaches the surface of the ocean while as it feeds.

February 22, 2023

Research Finds Fin Whales Making a Home off the California Coast

Data collected by Aquarium interns helps identify individual whales locally

2022 Photographers Night Photo Contest Grand Prize Winner photo

December 14, 2022

2022 Photographers Night Photo Contest Winners

The Aquarium’s 13th annual Photographers Night was held in October, and guests were invited to enjoy an evening of workshops, free equipment rentals, and demonstrations.

Two wolves raise their heads to howl in a forest environment.

October 6, 2022

Aquarium Publishes Conservation Research to Help Wolves

In a bid to help protect an endangered species and encourage science-based decision making, the Aquarium of the Pacific has published a paper on managing the U.S. population of endangered gray wolves in the peer-reviewed journal Conservation Science and Practice.

Twospot snapper fish

September 29, 2022

Aquarium Fish Breeding Expertise Will Help Educate on Sustainable Aquaculture

The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of several partners on a team that was awarded a $750,000 NOAA Sea Grant to fund sustainable fish breeding and raise awareness about aquaculture among the public and commercial fishers.

Mountain yellow-legged frogs cluster on a rock at the Aquarium before their release in September 2022

September 16, 2022

Endangered Frogs Raised at the Aquarium Released in Local Mountains

Mountain yellow-legged frogs faced near-extinction after the devastating Bobcat Fire in 2020. Now, with help from the Aquarium and other partners, this species has a chance at survival.

Palm tree jets out of a sandy beach on a sunny day off the coast while a single person walks along the sand in the distance

August 31, 2022

Helping to Restore a Coral Reef in Saipan

The Aquarium’s longtime partnership with SECORE International has made it possible for several staff members to travel around the world to participate in hands-on coral reef restoration projects.

2022 collage of 11 African American Scholar award recipients

August 25, 2022

Aquarium Announces African American Scholar Program’s Third Year

The Aquarium will be accepting applications for its African American Scholar Program starting September 9, 2022. Now in its third year, the program supports African American students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields related to the work of the Aquarium.

wet otter pup on deck

August 3, 2022

Meet Our New Rescued Sea Otter Pup and Suggest a Name

The sea otter can now be seen in the Aquarium’s Sea Otter Habitat in the Northern Pacific Gallery. The Aquarium is offering the chance to help name the four-month-old sea otter pup through its Adopt an Animal program.

Pacific Visions exterior

August 1, 2022

Students Will Earn College Credit in Aquarium Course this Fall

The Aquarium of the Pacific has partnered with Orange Coast College (OCC) to offer a college-level course for thirty high school and college students during the fall 2022 semester.

Black and white photo of Betty the sea otter

July 15, 2022

Aquarium Mourns the Loss of Betty the Sea Otter

Betty passed away early in the morning on Thursday, July 14, 2022. She will be greatly missed.

Zebra shark

July 5, 2022

Aquarium Publishes New Research on Shark Artificial Insemination

The study was envisioned by Aquarium Veterinarian Dr. Lance Adams and involved four zebra sharks living at the Aquarium of the Pacific, one male and three females. Zebra sharks are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.