Aquarium of the Pacific Debuts Two New Exhibits

Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific 

This summer marks the premiere of two new exhibits at Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific. The Ocean Science Center will feature the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere®.  Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril will feature Arctic and Antarctic inhabitants as well as educational displays.

The Ocean Science center will feature changing displays, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science on a Sphere®, a 6-foot wide spherical display,  is currently presenting daily shows on sea level rise and ports. “See firsthand how sea level rise will affect people locally and across the globe.” The seaports of San Pedro bay are highlighted in the second show. “Watch as this global trade center unfolds across the planet.”

The interactive Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril will educate visitors of the effect climate change will have on our polar regions and what we can do to save them. King crabs, Arctic char, feather stars, anchovies, & other polar animals (A&A exhibit) will be on display.

You can touch sea jellies, specifically moon jellies, although I touched a number of jellyfish as a child living by the beach and I can’t recommend it very highly.

It is nearly impossible not to use a baby voice when mentioning the cutesy ootsy cuddly widdle rescued Arctic fox. OK, it’s impossible. “The charismatic Arctic fox will be featured in an exhibit near Lorikeet Forest and will participate as a program animal in daily shows for the public.”

The new mascot, Polly the Polar Bear will be interacting with guests. Polly’s surealism versus creepiness has yet to be determined.

The Aquarium is open daily from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Dec. 25 and three days in April for the Grand Prix). 

Elise Thompson

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Born and raised in the great city of Los Angeles, this food, culture and music-loving punk rock angeleno wants to turn you on to all that is funky, delicious and weird in the city. While Elise holds down the fort, her adventurous alter ego Kiki Maraschino is known to roam the country in search of catfish.
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