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."
Join us at this foodie extravaganza in Carmel-by-the-Sea and savor food and wine—all while supporting the Aquarium! You'll find Cooking for Solutions and Seafood Watch represented during the four-day GourmetFest, and part of the proceeds from the event's lavish online auction support the Aquarium.
Four species of tropical lionfish are now fluttering around our Splash Zone exhibit: red, clearfin and fuzzy dwarf lionfish—and the flamboyantly named frillfin turkeyfish. Be on the lookout for the smallest of the bunch, the fuzzy dwarf. Our aquarists say it hangs out in the reef but is the first to appear at meal time!
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.