Our energetic and inquisitive African blackfooted penguins are visitor favorites.
Watch carefully and you might even see them communicating with each other. When penguins flap their wings or bow their heads, they're telling each other how they feel. Throwing their heads back and wings out means "I'm happy." Leaning forward and opening their beaks means "Go away."
They creep, they slide, they glide through the sea! Meet our spooky stars, from goblin sharks to ghost shrimp, and share them with your friends.
Did you know that the giant clam is the largest clam in the world? It can weigh as much as 440 pounds, grow up to four feet, and live to be 100 years old or more. Ours was put on display in 2007, when it was a mere eight inches. Now it's grown to 2.5 feet!
Explore a dozen live exhibits of octopuses and their kin, including the world's largest octopus and the world's smallest squid, in our special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes. You won't believe your eyes.
Are you visiting the Aquarium and also touring the San Francisco area? Purchase a San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet and save on Aquarium admission, plus four more top Bay Area attractions.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.