Monday, April 7, 2014
Aquarium of the Pacific: Behind the Scenes Look | @AquariumPacific #LongBeach
My family loves the Aquarium of the Pacific and everything nature related. I think I have mentioned that before. I have been bringing my children there since they were taking their first steps!
Their favorites are the touch tanks and the shark exhibits where they can get up close and personal with their favorite animals. The Lorikeet Forest is fun when they land on you to get their sweet treats.
Did you know that you can go behind the scenes and check out how much work goes on to keep the aquarium thriving? My husband and I took a behind the scenes tour (which is available to the public for a nominal fee) to see it for ourselves.
We expected to see a lot of filters and pipes but we weren't sure what else would be in store. Did you know that they have breeding animals? I loved checking out the baby seahorses and sharks!
They have tanks for quarantine for when new animals are acquired from the ocean or other institutions. This way if the new animals have parasites or diseases, it can be controlled in a small tank instead of a 100,000 gallon aquarium!
We saw the large tanks from above and actually got to feed them. They LOVE seaweed! We were able to see how the fish were fed at different areas and on a schedule to avoid the larger fish eating the smaller ones.
Our favorite area was the divers area. Did you know that the divers that you see in the aquarium are almost all volunteers? As long as you are a rescue diver and have your advanced certification, you are able to volunteer and swim in the aquarium.
All of the equipment is provided to the volunteers and all you need is your swim suit and towel.
We loved seeing the Aquarium of the Pacific from an aquarists point of view. If you are looking for a new angle of the aquarium and have interest in volunteering, make a reservation today.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802