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News Articles

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's face with the years 2012-2022 on it

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.

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.