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Comb jelly on black background

Credit: Robin Riggs

entrance of the southern california gallery looking towards blue cavern

November 27, 2023

Aquarium Partners with Tongva Artist

A collaboration with Tongva illustrator to add to the story in the new Southern California Gallery

sardines swim above a giant sea bass - for main image field

November 22, 2023

2023 Photographers Night Photo Contest Winners

The Aquarium’s 14th annual Photographers Night was held in October, and guests were invited to enjoy an evening of learning, free equipment rentals, and demonstrations.

a rescued bird in a pair of gloved hands

November 16, 2023

Aquarium joins the Oiled Wildlife Care Network to help save birds impacted by toxin in a California lake

Staff from the Aquarium are assisting with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s emergency effort to help migrating birds impacted by the deadly avian botulism event

Queensland grouper close up of mottled head with gray spots

November 10, 2023

When Fish Grow Too Big for a Home Aquarium

Lessons from a recently donated tropical fish to the Aquarium of the Pacific can help home aquarists create a conscientious home aquarium.

The underside of a sunflower star attached to clear acrylic with thousands of tube feet

October 18, 2023

Aquarium of the Pacific Partners with Others in California to Help a Critically Endangered Sea Star

The Aquarium of the Pacific, Birch Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, and the Sunflower Star Lab have successfully induced spawning in sunflower sea stars and hope to help reestablish wild populations off the nation’s west coast

Underside of a purple colored sea star

September 12, 2023

Aquarium Accolades Fall 2023

Three impressive individuals were recognized at Aquarium events for their community service and leadership.

Pinkish red octopus in profile

September 12, 2023

Philanthropy Highlights Fall 2023

From the 25th Anniversary celebration at the Blue Whale Gala to significant gift from local Girl Scouts, our supporters are making a positive impact on Aquarium programs and initiatives.

Two people at podium with High Tide Student Film Festival in background

September 12, 2023

High Tide Film Festival 2023

The third annual High Tide Film Festival was a night to celebrate the winners of film contest sponsored by Dr. Allen and Charlotte Ginsburg at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Penguin in front of rocky background

September 12, 2023

News Highlights for Fall 2023

This Fall we welcomed three new otters and also said goodbye to some beloved members of our Aquarium animal family. We also hosted a photo contest for our 25th Anniversary.

Three sea lions barking on rocks

September 12, 2023

Animal Updates for Fall 2023

Discover the warty frogfish and the bay pipefish as well as a coral endemic to California featured in the reimagined Southern California Gallery.

Mountain yellow legged frog sitting on a rock by a body of water

September 7, 2023

Endangered Species Raised at the Aquarium of the Pacific and Santa Ana Zoo and Hatched at the Los Angeles Zoo Released into Local Wilderness

Approximately one hundred and seventy critically endangered southern mountain yellow-legged frogs were released into their wild habitat in the Southern California mountains on August 29 and 30, 2023.

black and white image of harpo the sea lion 2006-2023

June 30, 2023


The Aquarium staff members mourned the loss of Harpo the California sea lion.

Aquarium of the Pacific 25th anniversary octopus logo

April 30, 2023

25 Years of Connecting to Nature at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Join us as the Aquarium celebrates its 25th Anniversary with new exhibits, events, and programs highlighting the remarkable natural world right outside our door. Southern California Gallery Now Open.

Kelp and seaweed on the deck of a boat

March 20, 2023

Aquarium Explores How People Shift Their Perceptions about Seafood and Seaweed Farming

A recent study published by the Aquarium and collaborators finds potential in messages that emphasize the environmental benefits of sustainable aquaculture.

test tubes on racks in a refridgerator

March 1, 2023

Aquarium Embarks on New Project to Help an Important Habitat Impacted by Climate Change

Kelp forests have been under threat and the Aquarium is joining partners in a new scientific project to help kelp.