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Watch our aviary cam carefully—you never know who'll stroll by.

Marvel at the long legs of our black-necked stilt or spot the tiny western snowy plovers that blend into the sand.

Look for leg bands on our birds, which help us identify them. Each bird has its own history—most came here injured and can't live in the wild.

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Meet Our Caribbean Reef Octopus

This camouflage artist is built to blend in. The Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus) flashes through skin textures and shades of blue, green, red and brown—allowing it to sneak up and envelop prey in a gauzy web of arms. See it now in Tentacles!

Our Penguin Chick Maq is Molting!

Having a bad hair day? Wear it proudly like our African blackfooted penguin chick, Maq! She's molting into her adult plumage and in few days she'll look like a whole new bird!

Saving Snowy Plovers

The Aquarium works hard to make a difference in the threatened western snowy plover population. As one of the main rehabilitation sites for shorebirds in northern California, we rescue injured adults, injured chicks and abandoned eggs.

Take a Virtual Tour of Our Aviary

Want a preview of our Aviary and other exhibits? Now you can get one with Google Maps Street View. With just a few clicks you can go on a virtual Aquarium visit and stroll inside through our exhibit galleries or outside on our decks—all from the comfort of your computer.

View Our Sandy Shore & Aviary Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.