The Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific is located (appropriately) next to the Pacific Ocean, in Long Beach California. The Aquarium consists of two indoor floors and a respectable outdoor section. They contain a range of exhibits which together attempt to capture the diversity of the ocean animal species. Their featured exhibits include the Arctic and Antarctic, the Ocean Science Center, the Blue Cavern, the Southern California Gallery, the Amber Forest, the Ray Touchpool, the Shorebird Sanctuary, the Lorikeet Forest, the Gulf of California, the Tropical Pacific, and the Tropical Reef. They have clownfish, which makes children happy, and sharks, which makes everyone happy.

The Arctic and Antarctic section providesThe Aquarium of the Pacific individuals with the opportunity to touch jellyfish, and to observe impressive gigantic red king crabs. The section also emphasizes the fragility of the polar ecosystem, the reduction in the polar ice caps, and the implications of rising sea levels on the California coast. (You can’t get away with seeing animals at aquariums or zoo’s without being instilled with some appreciation for the environment). The large tank at the end of the first floor features a giant sea bass and a california moray eel (among many other fish). There was a nice sea otter feeding demonstration in the “BP sea otter habitat” section. Sea otters are definitely skilled at positively interacting with humans. They are essentially the “dogs of the sea”. The habitat was sponsored by BP in a (perceived) attempt to get on the populations good side after the infamous BP oil spill. However, BP sponsored the habitat prior to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which reduced my concerns, but perhaps cynically demonstrates that they have proactive PR team.

The Aquarium of the PacificThe Aquarium of the Pacific

The shark lagoon is a popular destination in the outdoor section of the Aquarium. The lagoon features a number of different sharks, including the zebra shark (with a rounded nose) and the freshwater sawfish (with a saw nose). The lorikeet forest and ray touchpools are the other notable outdoor exhibits. You can watch individuals (that paid for nectar) feed the birds at the Lorikeet forest. You can touch rays at the ray touchpool. A young individual was there describing the rays. This serves to inform the guests about rays and provides a forum for young folks to gain public speaking skills.

The Aquarium of the PacificThe Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the PacificThe Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium has a quite large collection of fish. Unfortunately, the place is also infested with children. You may have a more peaceful visit by arriving during the earlier parts of the day (e.g. from 9-11) or during the weekdays. You should also note that the Aquarium of the Pacific is not as extensive and impressive as the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Individuals should not think of this as the MBA of the LBC. Finally, you should scour the internet for discounted admission. You might be able to find deals up to half-off the admission price (depending on how patient you are). Paying half the price may help you enjoy the place twice as much.

You will find a picture of a frog below:

Frog

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8 Responses to The Aquarium of the Pacific

  1. You’ve taken some very nice photos! I’m a member of the Aquarium, and go often. My little granddaughters live nearby and so this has been our “go to” place since they were infants. I’m surprised at how many of my friends have never been! It’s such a wonderful place, and the general area is very inviting, don’t you agree? Lovely post…my friends don’t necessarily listen to me…I’ll share yours! 🙂 Debra

  2. JohnSmart says:

    Here’s one I took at the Aquarium of the Pacific:

    http://losangelesgd.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/long-beach/

    Love this place.

  3. Ranks in my Top 10 Aquariums, probably around 5 or 6.

  4. HarleyQ2 says:

    Beautiful pictures. LOL on the “infested with children.” I love the soft smooth feel of the stingrays.

  5. Karen says:

    Nice. I’ve been to the aquarium once and really enjoyed it. Have you done the kayaking in Naples? I love those homes in Naples. You should check it out if you haven’t. I’ve been to the dog beach in Belmont shores a few times too. I read that Long Beach is the #1 dog friendliest city in the US.

    • Hi, No I haven’t kayaked in Naples yet. The gondola’s might be really cool, and they would be the ultimate “tourist” experience. I wasn’t aware that Long Beach was so dog friendly. That is good to see. I have heard (and seen) that they have tried to be pretty bike friendly lately. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Hilary says:

    I was just there a few weeks ago! I thought the ocean would be warmer than the North Atlantic in our summer months, but it wasn’t! I wish I could have brought my 8year old to the Aquarium, she would have loved it. We don’t get to see these kinds of fishies in Maine. Thanks for liking my post!

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