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Pacific Visions construction wall

July 26, 2017

All Permanent Aquarium Exhibits Open During Construction

Construction on the Aquarium’s expansion, Pacific Visions, began in spring. While the layout of some facilities has been adjusted, the visitor experience is unaffected by the construction.


July 17, 2017

Aquarium Education Director Elected President of National Marine Educators Association

David Bader assumed the role of president of the National Marine Educators Association for a year-long term at its annual conference in June.

Black-necked stilt chicks

July 13, 2017

Aquarium Announces Two Baby Shorebirds

Black-Necked Stilts hatch for the first time at the Aquarium in the Shorebird Sanctuary exhibit.

Plastic cups and straws

July 10, 2017

Aquarium Joins Plastic Pollution Campaign

The Aquarium has joined with eighteen other aquariums across the country to raise awareness about the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean, rivers, lakes, and streams.

Construction fence surrounding the Pacific Visions site

June 22, 2017

Pacific Visions Update: Front Plaza Bricks

Commemorative bricks originally installed in the Aquarium’s front plaza are being safely stored during construction.

2017 penguin chick

June 20, 2017

Aquarium Welcomes Baby Penguin

Watch the chick in the nursery on the Aquarium’s live webcam.

Pacific bigeye octopus

June 19, 2017

New Octopus on View

Visit the new north Pacific bigeye octopus in the Northern Pacific Gallery’s Jewels exhibit area.

Brook the sea otter birthday

June 6, 2017

Brook the Sea Otter Turns 20

Brook the sea otter will celebrate her twentieth birthday on Thursday, June 8. She is the oldest female sea otter living at a zoo or aquarium.

The Climate Registry Special Recognition Award

May 25, 2017

Aquarium Honored as Founding Member of The Climate Registry

The Aquarium was honored by The Climate Registry with a Special Recognition Award as one of its founding members and a participant in Southern California Edison’s Cool Planet Project.

Magnificent Tree Frog

May 25, 2017

New FROGS Exhibits Now Open

See FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, plus the new Our Water Future exhibit area and a new archerfish habitat.


May 8, 2017

Aquarium Wins Prestigious MUSE Award

The Aquarium, in collaboration with Cortina Productions, has won a 2017 MUSE Award from the American Alliance of Museums for a video telling the story of the Aquarium’s first major expansion, the Pacific Visions wing.

Milo the sea lion

April 28, 2017

Aquarium Mourns the Loss of Milo the Sea Lion

Milo the sea lion passed away unexpectedly on Thursday. Thousands of visitors and staff felt a special bond with Milo, who will be sorely missed.

Mussels on longline

April 10, 2017

New Aquarium Film Examines Farmed Seafood in the U.S.

The Aquarium has completed a new film produced in partnership with its Seafood for the Future program titled Perspectives on Marine Aquaculture in California and the U.S. A screening will be held on May 25 at the Aquarium.

2017 Shelby Harbor Seal birthday

March 27, 2017

Harbor Seal Shelby Celebrates 21st Birthday

On March 22, the Aquarium’s harbor seal Shelby celebrated her twenty-first birthday. The senior seal received special birthday treats while her visitors sporting party hats sang “Happy Birthday.”

Admiral Fancy Pants penguin

March 15, 2017

New Penguin Joins Aquarium’s Colony

Meet “The Admiral,” a new adult male now on view in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat on the second floor outdoors.