Aquarium of the Pacific


The Aquarium of the Pacific is a public aquarium on a 5acre site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California, United States. It is situated across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction.The Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers. It is a 501 non-profit aquarium.The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums .ExhibitsThe Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species in exhibits ranging in size and capacity from about 5,000 to 350,000 gallons. Exhibits introduce the inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific, while also focusing on specific conservation messages associated with each region. The Pacific Ocean is the focus of three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, a frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.Southern California & Baja GalleryThe Southern California & Baja Gallery features the varied habitats of this region. The first exhibit is the 142,000USgal three-story Blue Cavern tank, which houses animals that live in the waters surrounding nearby Catalina Island. Next is the Amber Forest exhibit, which replicates a Giant kelp forest with Garibaldi, California scorpionfish, and other representative organisms. The Gulf of California exhibit houses Cortez rainbow wrasse, Mexican lookdowns, Porcupine fish, and others. Other areas of the gallery include the 211,000USgal Seal and Sea Lion Habitat, Ray Touch Pool, and Shorebird Sanctuary.


100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA


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