The Aquarium of The Pacific’s new Babies! exhibition is dedicated to their newest occupants. Guests can learn about and even meet some sea otter pups, jelly-fish the size of a pea, baby sharks, tiny stingrays, and adorably small cuttlefish.
These babies aren’t only here to give us cuteness overload though, they serve an educational purpose. The aquarium hopes they can share the importance of conservation and rehabilitation. They also aim to teach guests “…how different ocean habitats like coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds serve as nurseries and see baby animals that live in these environments,” according to their site.
The overall goal is to spread the importance of protecting these babies and their natural environments, so they can be safe and grow healthy. Guest will also learn about their conservation programs that help these endangered animals.
The exhibit also features key history about the Aquarium’s achievements, “such as being the first to breed zebra sharks via artificial insemination, and significant births, like Shelby the harbor seal’s three pups and [their] Magellanic penguin chicks. Learn about the special care babies receive at the Aquarium, from hand-feeding baby birds with syringes to providing care twenty-four hours a day for baby sea otters.”
Aquarium hours are 9A.M.-6P.M. daily. Tickets are $36.95 for adults, $33.95 for seniors, $26.95 for kids ages 3-11 and free for children under age three. For more information, you can 562-590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org. Their Babies! exhibit will be open until May 2023. No doubt you’ll leave with a warm heart full of adorable knowledge.
Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA
In more cute news, The Aquarium of The Pacific also just welcomed in a baby penguin, and in a few months you can meet this little cutie too!