Finding Inspiration and Finding Dory
After keeping it a secret for two years, we're thrilled to finally share how we helped Pixar Animation Studios create Finding Dory. We schooled Pixar staff about marine animal behavior, especially that of octopuses, sea otters and shorebirds. As movie goers have noticed, we also influenced the design and depiction of daily life at the film's fictional Marine Life Institute.
Pixar is known for its high attention to detail, and animators spent hundreds of hours observing our animals and learning about their behavior and physiology—with a lucky few even interacting with our resident giant Pacific octopuses, their inspiration for Hank the "septopus."
"They spent a lot of time on octopuses," says Director of Husbandry, Jon Hoech. "When I told one animator that octopuses can individually move the thousands of suckers on their tentacles, I thought she was going to faint."
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2016 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Awards
On World Ocean Day, the Aquarium and the Paul Walker Foundation honored two individuals who are making a difference for ocean conservation. Executive Director Julie Packard and Walker's daughter, Meadow Walker, presented actor, filmmaker and ocean advocate Adrian Grenier with the 2016 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award.
Adrian has long been active on behalf of environmental and social causes—from his role as the first Social Good Advocate for Dell, to creating the Lonely Whale Foundation in 2015 as a vehicle to inspire empathy and action for protecting the ocean and marine life.
Culinary Events Celebrate Sustainability
Ages 21 and up
Saturday, October 1
$100 Aquarium members/$125 general public
Wine Dinner Series
Ages 21 and up
Saturday, October 22
6 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Dinner in Cindy's Waterfront
$150 Aquarium members/$180 general public
Join us in October for two delicious culinary events.
The first is our final—and fabulous—Cooking for Solutions event of 2016. The Party offers ocean-healthy food and drink by more than 60 restaurants, wineries and breweries—plus a later-night dance party with a variety of live and DJ-spun music.
Table of Contents
- Director's Note
- Event Overview: David Packard Award Dinner 2016
- Education: On Track to Build our New Center for Ocean Education and Leadership
- What's New: Finding Inspiration and Finding Dory, 2016 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Awards and Culinary Events
- Online Exclusive: The Aviary's Amazing Senior Citizens
- Ocean Legacy Circle