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New Summer Exhibits at the Aquarium of the Pacific

We attend as guest of the Aquarium.
 This summer the Aquarium of the Pacific opens three new exhibits that will take visitors on a journey around the planet and back to California through new exhibits, films, and programs.
The first exhibit, FROGS: Dazzling and Disappearing, will explore the mysterious world of frogs, ranging from lush rainforests to arid deserts. Visitors will learn about two dozen frogs and their amphibian relatives through new and  beautiful exhibits. Kids will be able to get up close and personal with many varieties of frogs they likely have never encountered before. Finally, the Aquarium, with their usual conservation and eco-friendly focus, will explore why frogs and other amphibians are disappearing from our planet and what we can do to help. The second exhibit focuses on archerfish and their unique hunting ability of forcefully blasting water from their mouths to catch their prey. These fish don’t need a bow and arrow to hunt for food; rather archerfish shoot water out of their mouth with a powerful blast to hunt insects near the surface of the water. This new outdoor exhibit is a lovely addition to the Aquarium’s expansive outdoor repertoire. 

The third new summer exhibit focuses on something near and dear to our local OC hearts. The Our Water Future exhibit boasts a renovated and newly themed area of interactive exhibits, digital displays, a monarch butterfly garden, among others. The aim is to help visitors understand where our water comes from and what conservation issues we face with our water supply now and in the future. Guests can find out what they can do to conserve water and which actions are most effective.

Of course in addition to the new exhibits at the Aquarium this summer, tried and true favorites are all still available. My kids’ favorites have always been the touch tanks, in which they can pet real live sharks, jellyfish, sea anemones and more.
This visit we happened upon the lorakeat garden and, let me tell you, we will be going back to see more of this soon!  If you enter holding a small cup of nectar you are guaranteed to have at least two birds – maybe three, maybe four! – land on you within seconds.  My eldest thought this was the coolest experience of her life and is now insistent upon getting a bird for a pet (to which I say we’ll just go back and visit the Aquarium!) But really, very very cool experience!
This summer pack up the family and take the short trip North to the Aquarium of the Pacific.  My family always enjoys our visit, and we feel very fortunate to have such a robust and influential aquarium practically in our backyard.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. It is open 9am–6pm 
every day of the year, except Christmas day and during the Grand Prix of Long Beach. To help plan you visit and for more information, visit the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Some photos credit: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific and Robin Riggs Photography

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