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Aquarium of the Pacific🐋  Celebrating 20 years of instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems. #AOP20

It's #WorldPenguinDay! Join us at the Aquarium today for special penguin programming.
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9:30 A.M. Penguin Chat & Feed at June Keyes Penguin Habitat
1:30 P.M. Penguin Parade at Honda Blue Cavern
2:30 P.M. Enrichment Session at June Keyes Penguin Habitat
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Don’t forget to stop by Pacific Collections and mention the World Penguin Day 20% discount. You’ll get 20% off penguin merchandise in the store (exclusions may apply, see store for details).
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Photo by Robin Riggs #AOPpenguins

One month until our first expansion in 20 years, #PacificVisions, opens to the public! We can’t wait for you to see it. 🌊🐋💙 aquariumofpacific.org/pacificvisions

Need a gift idea for Mother’s Day? Adopting an animal is a unique and memorable gift to give to your loved one. They’ll receive an adorable plush and a FREE sea jelly tote bag! While supplies last. aquariumofpacific.org/adoptoffer

Join us this Thursday (4/25) for special World Penguin Day activities!
9:30 a.m. Penguin Keeper Chat and Feed at June Keyes Penguin Habitat

1:30 p.m. Meet a Penguin - One of our penguins will take a ride in a cart and make a stop at Honda Blue Cavern. There you can learn all about penguin husbandry from the aviculturists themselves and see a penguin up close.

2:30 p.m. Special enrichment for the penguins at June Keyes - our staff will bring out surprise enrichment items for our penguins to enjoy. Will there be toys, bubbles, treats? Come on by to see for yourself!

Don’t forget to stop by Pacific Collections and mention the World Penguin Day 20% discount. You’ll get 20% off penguin merchandise in the store (exclusions may apply, see store for details). Learn more at pacific.to/worldpenguinday

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our sea otter Charlie passed away this morning.

Charlie turned twenty-two years old on March 2 and was the oldest living southern sea otter at any zoo or aquarium. Known for his intelligence and easy-going disposition, Charlie could often be seen sucking his paw while relaxing on exhibit.

In addition to his role as an animal ambassador living at the Aquarium, Charlie also contributed to scientific research.

He was the first otter in the world to give a voluntary blood sample without sedation. And from 2011 to 2013 he participated in a study of how sea otters perceive sound at the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Long Marine Lab. The study’s results could inform decisions made by government agencies regarding ocean noise. Charlie was selected for the study in part because of the behavioral training he had received at the Aquarium. To participate, Charlie learned to enter a specialized acoustic testing environment, listen for sound signals, and respond to the researchers, notifying them whether or not he had heard the sound by touching his nose to a target or remaining still.

On Sunday, April 28, Charlie’s fans and supporters are welcome to fill out a card at the Aquarium in his memory that will hang from the railing at the Sea Otter Habitat all day.

To learn more about Charlie, please visit https://pacific.to/aopcharlie

This week, explore the Aquarium after hours for just $14.95! Discounted Late Nights are 4/22-23 & 25. The Aquarium is open until 8:00 p.m. with discounted admissions beginning at 5:00 p.m. Learn more at pacific.to/aoplatenight 🐙 photo by @KeriKilgo #AOPcephalopods

To mark Earth Day, here is a message from Aquarium President and CEO Jerry Schubel:
“As we celebrate Earth Day today, it is an important time to reflect on our relationship with our ocean planet and how our actions can create positive change. The number one threat to the World Ocean is climate change. It is altering the ocean, including increasing its temperature and acidity and reducing its oxygen levels—affecting its capacity to support marine life. I encourage you to join us in embracing creativity, innovation, and new ideas to solve these challenges. Our new Pacific Visions wing, opening on May 24, will help empower you with the knowledge and tools on what you can do. Together we can create a new planet right here on Earth.”

Just like coral, something small can grow to be something great. 💙

Photo by @owen.rinehart #loveAOP

And the award for cutest scoot goes to the Pacific spiny lumpsucker! 👏🏆🙌 #AquariumofthePacific

We read all your birthday wishes to Kaya and she wants to say thank you with this very special boop. Happy birthday little Kaya! #AOPpupdate

It's Kaya the harbor seal pup's FIRST birthday and we're celebrating her all day long! Kaya was born here at the Aquarium last year to parents Shelby and Troy, and has had us 😍 ever since. She's making strides in her training every day, but still isn't a fan of squid. 🦑🤢🙅‍♀️ You can gift Kaya a birthday treat she does like (herring & capelin 😋) or an enrichment toy at pacific.to/giftkaya #AOPpupdate

Photo by Robin Riggs

Yutaka, our baby giant sea bass, recently outgrew the Breakwater exhibit and is now in Amber Forest! His target training by Aquarist Nicky ensures he is well fed in a larger exhibit, as well as helps her keep an eye on this special little fish. #AOPGSB

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