The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to witness the mysteries of the aquatic realm as they unveil the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Armor sculptures along with an ongoing Ocean in Motion program Saturday.
Consisting of four life-size sculptures, the Ocean Armor exhibit is more than art; the statues are monuments to both the tenacity and fragility of the marine environment.
Through 3-D artistic renderings, this informative installation explores the world beneath the waves and the creatures who suit up in armor to survive it, all the while educating visitors on what they can do to protect the place where sea and land animals meet--the coastline.
Also uniting the human world with the underwater one is the multimedia Ocean in Motion program, located in the aquarium’s Ocean Science Center.
Utilizing the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Science on a Sphere® technology to vividly display images from around the world, Ocean in Motion is a narrated journey through the world’s largest waters enhanced by narration and data that show people and the waters all life once emerged from are inextricably linked.
While Ocean in Motion will be shown daily after its official opening Saturday and isn’t actually going anywhere, the Ocean Armor exhibit will remain at the aquarium until November 15, after which it will embark on a two-year tour to educate audiences nationwide about issues affecting coastlines around the planet.
Admission is $25.95 for adults and teens, $22.95 for seniors over 62, and $14.95 for children ages 3-11; tots under 3 are free. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information about the Aquarium of the Pacific, located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, click here.