The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA

As one might expect from a coastal city, Long Beach’s many attractions include stunning ocean vistas, exciting water sports, abundant marine life, environmental excursions, historic landmarks, vibrant communities, expansive gardens, and cultural artifacts from throughout the world. In our todays piece we/re going to have a look at one of Long Beach’s finest attraction, read on!

The Aquarium of the Pacific (formerly the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific) is a public aquarium on a 5-acre (20,000 m2) site on Rainbow Harbour in Long Beach, California area. It is situated across the water from the Long Beach Convention Centre, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction. 

The aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of about 1,875 people, including more than 1,500 volunteers and about 375 employees. It is a 501 non-profit aquarium. 

The aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). 

The 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, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colourful reefs of the Tropical Pacific. 

The Southern California & Baja Gallery features the varied habitats of this region. The first exhibit is the 142,000-US-gallon (540,000 l) 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 211,000-US-gallon (800,000 L) Seal and Sea Lion Habitat, Ray Touch Pool, and Shorebird Sanctuary. 

The Northern Pacific Gallery focuses on organisms from the Bering Sea. Exhibits include the Sea Otter Habitat, home to southern sea otters; the giant Pacific octopus tank; and Diving Birds, where puffins and auklets live. Other species on display include Japanese spider crabs, jellyfish, and sea anemones.

The Tropical Pacific Gallery exhibits animals off the coast of the islands of Palau and has the aquarium’s largest tank, the 350,000-US-gallon (1,300,000 L) Tropical Reef Habitat. This tank is home to olive ridley sea turtles, zebra sharks, and many other species. Elsewhere in the Gallery are big-belly seahorses, leafy sea dragons, weedy sea dragons, and sea kraits.

If you are planning for a vacation to Long Beach City, Ca, then having the Aquarium of the Pacific in your list of places to tour while here has got to be a must and for a more memorable visit or stay, the idea of tagging a long your friends and family is always welcome. Visit today!

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