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We had a nice time at the aquarium yesterday. It is worth $12 a person (goldstar discount), but not the $21 (aquarium price). There was also an additional cost of parking in the structure across the street for $7. We also received the an additional benefit of extended hours (close at 9pm rather than 6pm) by going on Memorial Day allowing us to leisurely stroll through the aquarium.
We spent 5 hours at the aquarium looking at each and every tank. There are some interesting varieties of fish and coral that I have never seen before. They had quite a few different varieties of sea horses including a pot bellied sea horse. I enjoyed the regional tanks for Northern Pacific and Southern California. The shark exhibit is no Sea World, but there is a variety of sharks and an underwater viewing station. There is also a Lorkeet bird enclosure that you can walk into and get up close and personal with the birds. The aquarium has signs up saying not to hold them, but I saw several people with birds perched on them and the staff didn't say anything.
Beware the children. Every time I took a step there was a child under the age of 5 that was either beating on the glass of the tank, splashing water in the touch pools, running, pushing past you to look in the tank, or screaming. They were all looking for Nemo and Dory as well (Finding Nemo) which I found sad that their only reference for fish life is that movie. Note to parents who read this: please only take your child if they are well behaved. Those of us who choose not to have children do not want your screaming child around us.
Overall I enjoyed my experience and took some great photos. I may go back in a year or two but only if I can get this type of discount again.
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We took our granddaughters ages 6 and 8 to the Aquarium and had a wonderful, fun afternoon. Their favorite things were the otters, the seals and sea lions, the jelly fish, and the animal touching pools. They were underwhelmed by the "special...continued
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Despite the 8,000 little kids yelling "I found Nemo" every five seconds, the Aquarium is one of my favorite places in town. I took two kids from Guatemala, who had never even been to a zoo, let alone an aquarium and it was almost overwhelming to...continued
Summer of Wonder
Starting May 23 through September 1, 2014 the Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate the Summer of Wonder. Get closer to our animals than ever before and enjoy special interactive experiences, including the all-new bonnethead shark and cownose ray touchpool in Shark Lagoon; a chance to make and drive a remotely operated vehicle; special behind-the-scenes looks at animal feedings; a new horseshoe crab touch lab; a new exhibit on the Guam Kingfisher, a highly endangered bird; and an immersive exhibit on the Southern California Steelhead, a fish that lives in our local rivers.
On May 23 the Aquarium is debuting The Steelhead Story, a new outdoor exhibit adjacent to Our Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific. The immersive exhibit communicates the history of local waterways and tells the story of the Southern California steelhead fish species and its importance in the local ecosystem.
Southern California steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), the only species in the salmon family to reproduce in Southern California streams, have historically travelled up and down the Los Angeles and San Gabriel and other local rivers to spawn and return to the ocean. In fact, at one time, the San Gabriel River was known as one of the best steelhead fishing rivers in the state. After coming close to extinction, in 1997 the Southern California steelhead was listed as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The steelhead is an indicator species—its survival relies upon a healthy ecosystem. Over the years they have faced many threats such as pollution, drought and physical barriers, including dams and concrete channels, which have prevented them from traveling upstream. The exhibit will document their resilience in the face of these challenges, forecast the species’ ability to adapt to future changes to its habitat and offer what we can do to help.
Steelhead are born as trout in freshwater rivers and streams. For reasons unknown, some choose to migrate to the Pacific Ocean, becoming steelhead, while others remain as resident rainbow trout. When a trout changes into a steelhead, it undergoes physical changes that allow it to move from fresh to salt water. When it is time to reproduce, these steelhead migrate back into freshwater to spawn.
The Aquarium’s steelhead exhibit will transport visitors along a mountain path, allowing them to view these fish in three areas, representing the species’ journey from freshwater to brackish water and finally to the ocean. Through this exhibit, the Aquarium hopes to reveal the secrets of a little-known fish that lives amongst us in our urban environment and inspire conservation of this unique animal.
Lead sponsors for the Steelhead Story exhibit include the Annenberg Foundation, Long Beach City Council and the Ahmanson Foundation, with additional support provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, the Patricia Duque Byrne Charitable Foundation, the Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club Foundation, the Southwest Council International Federation of Fly Fishers and other donors.