The Aquarium of the Pacific
(formerly called the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific
) is a 501 non-profit aquarium
located on a site on Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach, California
, United States
. It is situated across the water from the Long Beach Convention Center
, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary
Hotel and Attraction.
The Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers.
The Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. The facility focuses on the Pacific Ocean
in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California
, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.
Popular exhibits at the Aquarium also include the Aquarium's interactive Shark
Lagoon (guests can pet sharks and sting rays
) and Lorikeet Forest (guests can feed nectar to colorful lorikeet
birds). Exhibits at the Aquarium introduce the inhabitants and seascapes of the Pacific, while also focusing on specific conservation messages associated with each region. Exhibits range in size and capacity from about 5,000 to 350,000 gallons.<ref... Read More