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Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific is a major tourist attraction on the Ocean Beach in San Francisco. It features oceanfront views of the Pacific Ocean, northern San Diego County, and Southern Orange County and is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the United States, featuring more than 40,000 gallons of water. It also serves as a venue for wine tasting, special events, and other family gatherings.

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The Aquarium is currently housing mountain yellow-legged frog tadpoles in a behind-the-scenes area as part of a survival plan for the species, which is endangered. They will be raised at the Aquarium with the goal of eventually releasing them back into the wild.

The Tropical Pacific Gallery exhibits animals off the coast of the islands of Palau and has the aquarium's largest tank, the 350,000-US-gallon (1,300,000 L) Tropical Reef Habitat. This tank houses olive ridley sea turtles, zebra sharks, and many other species. Elsewhere in the Gallery are big-belly seahorses, leafy seadragons, weedy seadragons, and sea kraits. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

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The Aquarium of the Pacific's marine science and conservation ventures include: breeding and conservation programs for endangered marine animals and habitats; housing of unreleasable seals, sea lions, and sea otters from local care centers and marine parks; beach and habitat cleanups; a variety of green business practices; and continuing efforts to educate visitors on the importance the ocean, its threats, and conservation, including the hazards of marine pollution, over-harvesting, habitat destruction and global climate change. One example is a trashion festival with works by Marina DeBris educating about ocean pollution.

The aquarium architecture is inspired by the towering, breaking waves of the Pacific and mirrors the fluid and dynamic temper of the ocean. Kajima International, developers of the world's most critically acclaimed and technologically advanced aquariums, was the developer of the Aquarium of the Pacific and architects included the Los Angeles office of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassanbaum and Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis of San Francisco. Construction was a joint venture of Turner Construction Company and Kajima International. On June 20, 1998, construction was completed and the aquarium opened to the public. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

 

 

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