Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA
Happy Summer! Ocean4 has beeeeeeeeeen BUSY! We decided to take some time off this summer to do some traveling and plan some really great upcoming projects! It was great to visit some aquariums first hand, see the amazing exhibits and excellent work these establishments are doing. We’ll be posting two articles from aquariums were were able to visit. The first is the Aquarium of the Pacific. If you recall, we recently did an article on the facility so it was wonderful to see it in person! Thank you to Marilyn Padilla, Claire Atkinson and Adrian Samora for the media passes. It was an amazing trip!
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The entrance to the aquarium is absolutely breath taking! It’s open, bright and visually inspiring. We were instantly excited and knew we were in for a stellar time!
One of the best exhibits in the aquarium, was a hands on jelly fish touch tank. They have an aquarium employee there to explain how to touch and is also filled with knowledge on these little guys!
The Aquarium of the Pacific has a great shark breeding program. There were many tanks that showcased the little guys. The aquarium has a special way of installing a clear material into the case while also allowing the shark to continue to grow healthy. It’s completely safe to the baby shark and allows for viewers to be educated on how and where sharks come from!
The aquarium has a spectacular collection of species and does an excellent job on education. I would highly recommend if you are in the area, you MUST visit this aquarium. I would even go as far to say, you should MAKE a trip to go see it! Ocean4 is looking forward to going back again already!
Daily Whale Watch—The public is invited to embark on seasonal whale watch adventures through the Aquarium of the Pacific’s educational Whale Watch. Whales, dolphins, seals, and birds all make incredible journeys along our coast, ranging from a few hundred miles to many thousands. Adventurers will explore the nearby seas aboard Harbor Breeze Cruises to seek out such travelers as the gray whale, blue whales, fin whales, bottlenose dolphin, sea lion, and a host of migratory waterfowl. The two- to three-hour ocean adventure will include an educational presentation by an Aquarium marine naturalist and various hands-on learning activities for children of all ages. Included in the Whale Watch price is admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific. In addition to their whale cruise, guests can visit over 11,000 other Pacific animals and learn more about whales through the Whales: Voices in the Sea kiosk exhibit as they explore the Aquarium.
For more information, call 562/590-3100 or visit: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/programs/category/boat_programs
Education Programs—The Aquarium of the Pacific offers a variety of hands-on education programs for individuals from age two to adult, including courses, lectures, summer day camp, family sleepovers, parent and child classes, and family workshops. Programs feature various marine topics and may include animal interaction. The Aquarium offers a diverse array of programs for children and young adults in the Learning Center. It also offers adult courses through its Aquatic Academy. The Aquarium also features the Aquarium on Wheels outreach vehicle and a scholarship program for underserved schools, in which the Aquarium works with outside organizations and individuals to sponsor these visits. For information, visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/programs or call (562) 590-3100.
Behind-the-Scenes /Boat Cruises—Aquarium of the Pacific guests can dive deeper into the Aquarium by taking a Behind-the-Scenes journey and embarking on a boat cruise. Behind-the-Scenes adventurers will learn the secrets of the aquarium trade, meet new sea animal babies, and even have the opportunity to touch and feed some animals behind-the-scenes (offered daily, adventurers must be at least 7 years of age). Guests can become oceanographers for the day aboard the Aquarium’s chartered boat on a journey to explore the marine wildlife and the environment of Long Beach Harbor. Guests may purchase a combo ticket on the day of their visit, which includes Aquarium admission and a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, admission and the boat cruise or all three. For more information, call 562/590-3100 or visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/visit/prices_hours
Shark Lagoon—The Aquarium of the Pacific features our nation’s first full-scale shark touch exhibit. Guests will discover more than 150 sharks in this ultimate interactive exhibit. They will get closer to sharks than they ever imagined, and come face-to-face with large sharks, sand tiger, nurse, and whitetip reef, and even touch gentle sharks, such as zebra, epaulette, and bamboo. People of all ages will learn the truth behind these fascinating and often misunderstood animals through displays and daily shark feeding presentations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Dive Immersion—Journey into the warm, 350,000-gallon Tropical Reef Habitat to meet more than 1,000 tropical fish and sea turtles up close and personal. In this two- and a half-hour experience, you get a personal behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium’s dive program, a dive in the Aquarium’s largest exhibit, a certificate of completion, souvenir towel, use of a HD underwater camera, and a memory card of your photos to take home. All equipment is provided. A minimum of an Open Water certification from a nationally recognized scuba certifying agency and a picture I.D. are required and must be brought with you on your diving day. This program is offered daily from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. with reservation. Cost is $299 per person. For more information visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/info/dive_immersion or for information and reservations call (562) 590-3100.
Animal Encounter—This two-hour program offers guests the opportunity to learn about the care of the Aquarium’s animals—firsthand! Participants will spend time with animal biologists and have the opportunity to touch and feed several animals in an up-close and personal setting. Animal Encounter offers guests the choice of three weekend programs, the Sea Lion/Seal, Shark, or Sea Otter Animal Encounter. The highlight of the Sea Lion/Seal Animal and Sea Otter Encounters is meeting with a mammal expert to prepare food and to get a close-encounter with a loveable animal for a feeding and training session. The Shark Animal Encounter highlight is meeting with a shark biologist to prepare food to feed these apex predators as well as to get in the water with a zebra shark or 240 lb ray. The Aquarium also offers Penguin Animal Encounters with our Magellanic Penguins twice during the week (except during breeding season from March 27 through July 1, 2014). All Animal Encounters, except penguin, are offered on weekends by reservation only. The Penguin Animal Encounter is offered Thursdays and Fridays with advance reservation only. Age and height restrictions apply. Cost is $90 per person (discount available for Aquarium members). For more information visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/education/programs/category/animal_encounters or for information and reservations call (562) 590-3100.
Daily Presentations, Films, and Programs—The Aquarium offers daily presentations with its seals and sea lions, sea otters, and sharks as well as underwater presentations with divers, who are equipped with microphones. The Marine Life Theater offers daily interactive family education programs, and the Ocean Theater offers educational films that relate to our ocean planet, including a 4D film. Guests should refer to their “Showtimes” schedule on the day of their visit to take advantage of these daily programs, included with admission. http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/visit/presentations_tours/
Weedy Sea Dragon Exhibit—Visitors have the opportunity to see weedy sea dragons, which are native to Australia and resemble the plants found in their local waters. The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first aquarium in the world to successfully breed and raise these delicate creatures and is also home to leafy sea dragons.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
Hours: The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on December 25 and during the weekend of the Long Beach Grand Prix April 11-13, 2014. Extended hours on select weekends and holiday periods.
Admission: General Admission–$28.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), $14.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.
For admission and tour combo prices, please visit www.aquariumofpacific.org or call (562) 590-3100.
Membership: For $115 guests can purchase a family membership to enjoy unlimited free admission for one year as well as discounts on food and gifts at the Aquarium and other benefits. The Aquarium also offers various other memberships, including individual and senior rates. For more information on membership categories and benefits, visit http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/give/membership/ or call (562) 590-3100.
Public Info: (562) 590-3100 or www.aquariumofpacific.org
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. Our vision is to create an aquarium dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and Nature’s services) by building Social Capital (the interactions between and among peoples).
Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet. The Aquarium of the Pacific has redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet and our ocean are explored by scientists, policy-makers and stakeholders in the search for sustainable solutions.
The Aquarium features a NOAA Science on a Sphere, which exhibits imagery and real-time ocean and weather data on a six-foot diameter globe. It also presents daily shows covering topics such as sea level rise and marine ecosystems. Throughout the year, the Aquarium features art exhibits, performing arts shows, and cultural festivals as a way to engage new audiences and make science accessible.
The Aquarium of the Pacific was the first among museums, zoos, and aquariums in the nation to register its greenhouse gases and is a leader in green practices, including its LEED platinum SAVOR… Watershed classroom. In 2009 the Aquarium was awarded the Super Nova Star Award by the Alliance to Save Energy for being the nation’s most energy-efficient business with revenues under $150 million. In January of 2013, Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown recognized the Aquarium of the Pacific for its role in California’s environment and economy. The Aquarium of the Pacific is the first among museums, zoos, and aquariums to receive the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA). This award program was established in 1993 and is California’s most prestigious environmental award, according to the California Environmental Protection Agency.
In addition to its public programs and exhibits, the Aquarium is involved in numerous conservation efforts, including sustainable seafood, watershed education, ocean literacy, and more. The Aquarium’s team of scientific divers collects critical data used by a variety of ocean research institutes and reporting agencies. And through its Aquatic Forums, the Aquarium brings together scientists, educators, community leaders, and policy makers to develop solutions to complex environmental issues.