Come Explore the Incredible Lives of Seabirds
Have fun Soaring with Seabirds in a new exhibit designed for families with young children. The successor to Flippers, Flukes and Fun features educational, interactive and engaging opportunities to learn about these remarkable birds.
The newest addition to our Open Sea wing explores how these birds are uniquely adapted to life at sea, but still must return to land to hatch and raise their chicks. Through exploration and play, children will learn how seabirds thrive in conditions in which most birds could not survive.
A flock of 75 stylized birds circles the ocean-view exhibit from above and guides visitors into the first of three themed areas: Meet the Seabirds. Guests of all ages become acquainted with eight types of seabirds they might see in Monterey Bay—gulls, terns, pelicans, albatross, murres, guillemots, cormorants and puffins.
We Celebrate a Makana-versary
Our lovely Laysan albatross—the only one of her kind at any zoo or aquarium in North America—is our most visible (and vocal) animal ambassador. She raises awareness about the threats facing seabirds and other marine life from ocean plastic pollution.
Here's a list of her most notable accomplishments:
- She hosts her own daily public program at the Kelp Forest.
- She's appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
- Her picture was featured in Audubon magazine.
- She stars in our own podcasts and videos.
- She helps us inspire people to support legislation that protects marine life, such as California's recent plastic bag ban.
Makana—named after the Hawaiian word for "gift"—came to us as a nine-month-old chick with a permanent wing injury, and has been a joy for us ever since.
Table of Contents
- Director's Note
- Building a World-Class Animal Care Center
- Summer at the Aquarium
- What's New: Come Explore the Incredible Lives of Seabirds, and We Celebrate a Makana-versary
- Online Exclusive: A 'Ghost Shark' Swims into our Imaginations
- Thanks: Creating a Legacy for the Ocean, and Business Partnerships