Giant kelp provides food and shelter for a vibrant ecosystem.
Look closely and you'll discover an astonishing diversity of fish and invertebrates swimming here and clinging to the kelp and algae.
Listen to live audio of our Kelp Forest feeding program and watch divers hand-feed sharks, fishes and other animals. If you're lucky, a wolf-eel will emerge to gulp some squid or fish.
Adorable otters take the spotlight during Otter Days, September 20–21! This fun-filled weekend includes special programs, a family craft room, an otter game show, otter-spotting on the Great Tide Pool deck and more. Learn about efforts to save California's threatened sea otters and what you can do to help.
Want a preview of our Kelp Forest and other exhibits? A virtual visit is just a few clicks away with Google Maps Street View. Get a 360-degree look at the Aquarium as you stroll inside through our galleries or outside on our decks—all from the comfort of your computer.
Our Kelp Forest exhibit is a visitor favorite, but did you know we also keep a second "mini" kelp forest in our Wave Crash exhibit? Aquarist Reggie Gary has painstakingly coaxed sea palms, feather boa kelp and at least three species of rockweed to grow in a man-made environment—home to marine algae that have never been grown at an aquarium before.
Give your friends and family an Aquarium experience they'll never forget! Our gift cards can be used for admission tickets, Aquarium Adventures tours and activities, membership, the Gift & Bookstore, Cindy's Waterfront restaurant and the Cafe. Gift cards are available for purchase at the Aquarium, or by calling (866) 963-9645.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.