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Zebra shark

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.

Sea otter pup holding onto deck

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.

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

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.

Mountain yellow-legged frog tadpole on rocks

Endangered Frog Tadpoles Arrive at the Aquarium

The Aquarium is currently housing mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles in a behind-the-scenes area as part of a survival plan for the species, which is endangered. They will be raised at the Aquarium with the goal of eventually releasing them back into the wild.

Seabird being rescued

Aquarium Aids in Rescue Effort to Save Baby Seabirds

The Aquarium of the Pacific has been assisting with recent efforts to rescue elegant tern chicks in the Long Beach Harbor.

High Tide Student Film Festival key word art over a black and white rocky coast with splashing waves

High Tide Student Film Festival Launch

SoCal students in grades 9-12 are invited to submit short films for the chance to win cash prizes and be featured in the Aquarium’s High Tide Student Film Festival

community science shark research

Aquarium Volunteers Logged Over 4,000 Hours for Global Shark Survey

The survey’s findings, that sharks are functionally extinct on nearly 20 percent of the world’s coral reefs, were published in the journal Nature this month.

Juvenile giant sea bass - Yutaka

Aquarium and Partners Plan to Release Giant Sea Bass

After successful breeding programs in aquarium settings, the project partners hope to help local populations of this distinctive fish rebound. Juvenile giant sea bass are being released in local waters.

Alex Lawlor white abalone program

Aquarium and Partners to Release Endangered White Abalone for the First Time in History

The Aquarium is a founding partner of the White Abalone Recovery Program and has been working with NOAA for the past eleven years on this project.

Ny Alesund II by Danielle Eubank

Aquarium Presents Art Exhibit, Ocean Resiliency: The Expeditions of Danielle Eubank

For her One Artist Five Oceans project, Danielle Eubank has sailed and painted all of the oceans on the planet. Her artwork will be on view at the Aquarium November 5 to January 5.

Dr. Sandy Trautwein and Dr. Gregory Stone discuss coral conservation at the Aquarium

Aquarium Releases Report on Super Coral Workshop

In December 2018 the Aquarium partnered with the Phoenix Island Protected Area Trust and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to host a workshop on super corals with coral experts from around the world.

Staff member uses reusable cup at beverage station

Aquarium Continues Efforts to Avoid Single-Use Plastic

On Earth Day 2019 the Aquarium of the Pacific, along with nearly two dozen other aquariums across the United States, is committing to new practices to bring the facility closer to eliminating single-use plastic.

vaquita postcard

Aquarium Joins 1 Million Cards Campaign to Help Save the Vaquita Porpoise from Extinction

The campaign encourages Mexico’s incoming president to continue conservation initiatives to save the vaquita, which is found only in the Upper Gulf of California in Baja.

Green sea turtle in transport kennel before release Sept. 2018

Aquarium Releases Wild Sea Turtle After Surgery

A green sea turtle rescued with a fishing hook in its throat in Morro Bay was treated and released back into the ocean in September.

Giant Sea Bass Side View

New Website Will Track Giant Sea Bass

The Aquarium partnered with scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara, to launch a new website that will use divers’ and snorkelers’ photos of giant sea bass to help track these endangered fish.

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