Aquarium of the Pacific

After a week of sickness and ailments, I am back with a fervor!

Today I’m gonna share about a place that both Sara and I were very excited to go to when I planned a visit to LA – Aquarium of the Pacific. The visit to the aquarium turned to be such a treat especially when I learned that we’d get a behind-the-scenes tour! I was so excited to see how an aquarium operates, but before that, we saw some fishies:

Aquarium of the Pacific pufferfish
Don’t get this little guy angry!

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Aquarium of the Pacific

I was thrilled to find out that the aquarium’s theme of the year was Jellies. Fan-tastic, cause jellyfish are one of my favorite sea animals. They are mesmerizing, eccentric, and beautiful. Apparently this baby thought so too:

Looking at the Jellies

Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish

Aquarium of the Pacific Stingray
There’s really no way to tell from this picture, but this sting ray was HUGE! It would probably stretch the length of my arm span.

And then it was time for our behind-the-scenes tour. We actually got to ride up to to the third floor and see the aquarium’s gigantic tank from the top!

Aquarium of the Pacific Behind the Scenes
Volunteer divers climbing in to feed the fish

Aquarium of the Pacific Diver

We also witnessed a rare sight – this sea turtle came up for air (once every 2 hours) while we were there!

Aquarium of the Pacific

I was also surprised to see the sting rays breach (?) so often. I always thought they were like fish, unable to “breathe” out of water.

Aquarium of the Pacific Sting Ray

We were given pieces of seaweed to feed the fishies!

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Aquarium of the Pacific Cuttlefish
Baby cuttlefish the size of a ping-pong ball. Did you know cuttlefish are poisonous? Don’t try to eat these at home, folks!

We got to see how they made jellyfish food, “incubate” (I forget the correct term) baby fish and sharks until they’re born/hatched, and quarantine new additions to the aquarium. All in all, a VERY cool tour!

Aquarium of the Pacific Sea Dragon
Could sea dragons get any cooler?
Aquarium of the Pacific Starfish
Pearl 🙂
Aquarium of the Pacific Seaslug
Haha this sea slug looked so funny!

I also loved how interactive this aquarium was. We got to touch many things, one of them being jellyfish:

A definite first for me!

Sea anemone:

Sharks:

And sting rays!

Definitely obsessed over the jellyfish:

Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish

Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish

Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish

Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish
See those little brown globs that look like poop? Well I think that is a jellyfish’s poop, cause those four quadrants are its stomachs. No joke.
Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish
This sight brings me so much peace
Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish
How do they not get tangled?

Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish

Aquarium of the Pacific Jellyfish

And finally, one of the coolest jellies that Sara scoured all over the aquarium to show me:

Phew. What a lineup. Which jelly was your favorite?

Where is your favorite aquarium?

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Huge thanks to Sara & her family for bringing me to this aquarium!