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Comb jelly on black background

Credit: Robin Riggs

Dr. David Titley, recipient of the Aquarium’s 2022 Ocean Conservation Award, and Dr. Peter Kareiva, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO

June 16, 2022

Aquarium Honors Dr. David Titley at Blue Whale Gala

The Ocean Conservation Award is given annually to those who contribute significantly to ocean conservation and environmental education.

Penguin sitting on egg in a nest

May 31, 2022

Penguin Chick Hatches at the Aquarium

The chick hatched at the Aquarium of the Pacific on May 22.

Penguin chick rests in white gloved hands

May 31, 2022

Penguins Pair Off for Breeding Season

In March the Aquarium’s penguin care team opened the nine nesting burrows in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, giving our Magellanic penguins the opportunity to claim a burrow and start building a nest in preparation for breeding season.

Babies! logo with 4 animal illustrations on teal background

May 26, 2022

New Babies! Exhibits Open Now

Meet some adorable new arrivals and learn about the Aquarium’s breeding programs that promote ocean conservation.

Aquarium view from the Harbor

April 22, 2022

Aquarium Joins Pledge to Achieve Climate Neutrality

Members of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership will inventory greenhouse gas emissions and develop emission reduction goals and timelines with a long-term goal of achieving climate neutrality.

giant bell jelly

April 7, 2022

What’s New at the Aquarium

This spring see our new sea otter pup, discover giant bell jellies, watch our penguins nesting activities, join us on a whale watch, or attend one of our special events and festivals.

Babies! otter key art with blue background

March 18, 2022

New Babies! Exhibit Opens at the Aquarium on May 27, 2022

Meet some adorable new arrivals and learn about the Aquarium’s breeding programs that promote ocean conservation.

2022 collage of 11 African American Scholar award recipients

February 26, 2022

African-American Scholar Program 2022 Recipients

Eleven students were selected to receive scholarship funds and will be invited to participate in Aquarium projects and events through the program, now in its second year

Sea otter pup standing on the deck looking upwards

January 14, 2022

What’s New at the Aquarium

As you plan your next visit to the Aquarium, don’t miss the must-see new animals and upcoming events at the Aquarium this season!

Sea otter pup holding onto deck

December 21, 2021

Rescued Sea Otter Pup Arrives at the Aquarium

The Aquarium is lending a helping hand to a baby sea otter that was recently rescued off the coast of Pismo Beach, California. Government wildlife officials determined that the orphaned pup could not survive on his own in the wild and deemed him unreleasable. The Aquarium offered to help, and the pup made his way to Southern California.

Two California sea lions

December 17, 2021

A Look Back at 2021 at the Aquarium

The Aquarium was a bright spot for visitors and a growing online audience during the difficult year that was 2021. We provided fun, learning, and respite from the stress of the pandemic by offering connections with nature. Undeterred by COVID, we continued to rescue injured marine life, restore populations and habitats, and reduce waste.

Millie the otter inspects an icy holiday treat shaped like a tree

December 3, 2021

Holidays at the Aquarium

Visit the Aquarium with friends or family this holiday season and enjoy festive décor and photo opportunities, unique holiday shopping, and holiday extras on weekends.

Rebecca Li

December 3, 2021

2021 Photographers Night Photo Contest Winners

Participants in our annual event were invited to share their results for this contest. Here are the winners.

Aviculturist picks up an oiled grebe on an oil-contaminated beach

October 25, 2021

Aquarium Staff Members Helped Rescue Animals Affected by the Oil Spill

After the oil spill in Orange County in October 2021, four of the Aquarium’s staff members who are trained by the Oiled Wildlife Care Network were called into duty to help search beaches and rescue oiled birds and animals.

Sea lion touches pumpkin on shoreline with nose

October 4, 2021

Top Things to See and Do at the Aquarium This Fall

Don’t miss these exhibits, animals, and events at the Aquarium this season.