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Penguin close-up portrait

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July 29, 2020

Penguin Encounters Now Availabile

After a hiatus, the Aquarium's Penguin Encounter program will offer up-close experiences with these charismatic birds starting August 3.

Participants will have the chance to sit next to a penguin as it waddles around outside the June Keyes Penguin Habitat before the Aquarium opens to the public in the morning.

Parker the sea lion

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July 27, 2020

Send a Personal Greeting from a Seal or Sea Lion with Cameo

Users can book a Cameo greeting from the Aquarium’s pinnipeds. Funds raised through this program support the Aquarium’s animal care, education, and conservation programs.

Book a Cameo greeting from the Aquarium’s pinnipeds. Funds raised through this program support the Aquarium’s animal care, education, and conservation programs.

Avery the Magellanic penguin

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May 7, 2020

Aquarium Mourns the Loss of Avery the Penguin

The Aquarium’s staff is saddened by the loss of Avery the Magellanic penguin, who passed away on May 7, 2020.

Avery passed away on May 7, 2020. The Aquarium’s staff will remember Avery for his mellow personality, intelligence, and his good parenting skills.

Millie the sea otter

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February 27, 2020

Aquarium Welcomes a Special Sea Otter and Announces New Role in Helping Sea Otter Pups

The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Aquarium of the Pacific announce their partnership on the sea otter surrogacy program to help this threatened species recover off the coast of California.

The Aquarium of the Pacific announced today that it will become a partner facility for rehabilitating rescued sea otter pups, rearing them with the help of surrogate mothers, and coordinating their release back into the wild. The Aquarium is also welcoming a new sea otter named Millie, who they hope will be a surrogate mother to the orphaned sea otter pups.

Helvola sea nettle

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December 9, 2019

New Sea Jellies Now on View Were Cultured at the Aquarium

Helvola sea nettles are found in cool ocean waters surrounding Japan. They have a lifespan of about nine months to a year.

Helvola sea nettles bred at the Aquarium are now on view in the Northern Pacific Gallery. This is the first time an aquarium in the United States has successfully cultured and raised this species.

American alligator

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October 15, 2019

Meet Conservation Ambassadors at the Aquarium on October 19 and 20

Animals including an alligator, kangaroo, porcupine, and beaver will participate in shows and meet-and-greets throughout the weekend.

The Aquarium will host special guest animals from wildlife rescue and outreach organization Conservation Ambassadors with meet-and-greet opportunities and shows.

Lola the cockatoo

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July 9, 2019

Meet Our Animal Ambassadors at Pacific Visions

See these animals up close, take photos, and get a chance to learn about the conservation of these species

Visitors can see animal ambassadors up close in four sessions held daily between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Epaulette Shark

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May 15, 2019

Aquarium Partners with CSULB to Study Shark Adaptations

Kevin Travis, a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach, is studying epaulette sharks from the Aquarium

Investigating how some sharks are specially adapted to be able to “walk” on their pectoral fins to move between aquatic and land environments.

Charlie the sea otter is seen from the shoulders up facing to the left with his muzzle and whiskers reflecting light

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April 22, 2019

Aquarium Mourns the Loss of Charlie the Sea Otter

The Aquarium of the Pacific is mourning the loss of Charlie the southern sea otter, who passed away on Monday, April 22.

Charlie passed away on Monday, April 22, at the age of twenty-two. He was oldest southern sea otter living at a zoo or aquarium.

Charlie the sea otter rests on an ice pile and touches his nose to a frozen birthday cupcake treat in the Aquarium's sea otter exhibit

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March 2, 2019

Charlie the Southern Sea Otter Turns 22

Charlie, one of the Aquarium’s original charter animals, turned twenty-two on March 2 and is now the second southern sea otter on record to ever reach that age.

Charlie is the oldest southern sea otter living at any aquarium or zoo. He is the second sea otter on record to ever reach twenty-two.

Close-up portrait of Brook the sea otter looking into the camera

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January 30, 2019

Aquarium Pays Tribute to Brook the Sea Otter

Aquarium Update

Brook passed away on January 29 after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month by the Aquarium’s veterinary team. She was nearly 22 years old.

Kaya the harbor seal pup chewing on a fish grasped between her front flippers

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October 12, 2018

Kaya the Seal Pup Moves Into Main Exhibit

Kaya, the harbor seal born at the Aquarium in April, was moved into the main Seals and Sea Lions Habitat in October.

Headshot of Chase the sea lion against white background

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October 3, 2018

Chase the Sea Lion Makes His Debut

The Aquarium has welcomed a new four-year-old male sea lion, Chase, to the Seals and Sea Lions Habitat.

Eagle ray swims in Tropical Reef exhibit view of underside mouth and eye visible

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October 2, 2018

Two New Eagle Rays Added to Tropical Reef

Two eagle rays, one female and one male, are now on exhibit in the Tropical Reef. They can be identified by their protruding, tapered snout and dark brown back with white spots.

Tufted puffin chick 13 days old with black downy plumage sitting on green mat

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September 14, 2018

Original Aquarium Puffins Become Parents

Val and Speedy, two tufted puffins that have lived at the Aquarium since it opened in 1998, successfully hatched a chick in late summer.

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