Aquarium of the Pacific to open new exhibit, Ocean Science Center

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The Arctic Fox is among the featured animals in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril exhibition. Photo: ©

Aquarium of the Pacific to open new exhibit, Ocean Science Center

May 2, 2011

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, will open two new exhibits to the public on Saturday, May 28, giving visitors the opportunity to virtually travel to some of the most extreme environments on Earth—the North and South Poles—and to learn about ocean issues on a global scale.

Global climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and its effects on our environment and weather patterns are becoming clearer. Warmer temperatures in the Arctic and Antarctic are causing environmental changes that affect the regions’ plants, animals, and people. Through its new exhibit, Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril, the Aquarium invites the public to learn what can be done to help protect these unique ecosystems and their inhabitants. Both are falling victim to some of the earliest and most severe impacts of climate change.

The Arctic & Antarctic: Our Polar Regions in Peril exhibit will feature Alaska king crabs, feather stars, Arctic char, and more. An interactive touch tank will even allow visitors to reach in and touch moon jellies. The charismatic Arctic fox will be featured in an exhibit near Lorikeet Forest and will participate as a program animal in daily shows for the public. In connection with the new exhibit, a new short film will be showing in the Great Hall, along with a feature film in the Honda Theater and an interactive educational program in the Marine Life Theater.

The other new addition comes in the form of a new permanent gallery, the Ocean Science Center, which will feature the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Science On a Sphere (SOS)®, a six-foot-diameter global display system. Video and satellite images will be projected onto the SOS and on flatscreen monitors surrounding the globe to immerse visitors in presentations on ocean issues. The gallery is opening to the public featuring two presentations on view daily—one on sea level rise, its impacts, and solutions; and another on the local seaports of San Pedro Bay. Presentations will be available in both English and Spanish. NOAA developed the SOS technology, and the NOAA Office of Education provided funding for its installation at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Media Contact:

Marilyn Padilla
Aquarium of the Pacific
(562) 951-1684 

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