Latest Aquarium of the Pacific Stories

2010-12-20 07:45:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Armed with more than 3,600 individualized letters from Aquarium of the Bay visitors, calling for international bans on shark finning, Sherman's Lagoon creator Jim Toomey will deliver the letters to NOAA Assistant Administrator for Fisheries Eric Schwaab in Washington, DC this Tuesday. Following the delivery, Schwaab will discuss the efforts that NOAA is leading to conserve sharks. "Promoting awareness of shark conservation is not an easy task....

2010-11-22 12:10:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- While it will not generate the next chart-topping rock n' roll hit, Aquarium of the Bay is pleased to welcome its latest addition to a band of more than 20,000 aquatic animals, a Shovelnose Guitarfish, Rhinobatos productus. "This unusual ray has been around for about 100 million years," says Christina J. Slager, director of husbandry at Aquarium of the Bay, "but this is probably the first opportunity for most of our visitors to see this...

2010-11-10 10:33:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Raising global awareness for shark conservation, Aquarium of the Bay collected and is sending more than 3,600 individualized letters to the National Marine Fisheries Service, urging international bans on shark finning, which kills an estimated 100 million sharks each year. The letters, many embellished with hand-drawn artwork, were gathered in the Aquarium's special Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny exhibit. "We're pleased that so many...

2010-09-01 10:24:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Taking its commitment to inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards to record-setting levels, Aquarium of the Bay today announced that 16,552 Bay Area students, teachers and chaperones benefited from its free education programs during the 2009/2010 school year. The number marks a 21% increase from the previous year and a 44% increase since 2005. Beginning today, teachers can register for educational programs online at...

2010-08-30 10:47:00

Ocean Conservation Organization invites Public to its Fun-Raiser LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Non-profit organization Iemanya Oceanica (pronounced ya-MON-ja) announces the GREAT SHARK Affaire, a festival, to be held at the Long Beach Rainbow Lagoon, October 2-3, 2010. This charitable event will teach about ocean conservation as well as protecting sharks and their habitats. The GREAT SHARK Affaire(TM) will be set in a festival-like atmosphere teaching how every...

2010-08-20 16:29:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquarium of the Bay today welcomed a 9.5 ft. long, 319 lb. female sevengill shark, Notorhychus cepedianus, one of the largest sharks it has ever exhibited. The Aquarium, which conducts extensive research on sharks in the San Francisco Bay, will eventually tag the animal and release it back to the exact point in the Bay where it was collected. "The new sevengill, which was collected as part of our ongoing shark research program, is swimming...

2010-06-21 10:20:00

SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- World renowned cartoonist Jim Toomey joins his cast of amusing aquatic characters to share the story of shark finning in Aquarium of the Bay's new exhibit, Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny, on Saturday, June 26. To celebrate this new and thought-provoking exhibit, Toomey will be onsite to meet fans, conduct Cartooning 101 classes and sign books on opening day. The Sherman's Lagoon: Finning Isn't Funny exhibit will be on display throughout the...

2010-03-11 07:55:00

SAN FRANCISCO, March 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Springing forward into daylight savings, Aquarium of the Bay will host an interactive, fun-filled celebration starring Pacific Tree Frogs, Western Toads and amphibian friends on Sunday, March 14, 2010. The Aquarium's Husbandry and Conservation teams will lead special animal interactions, themed hands-on activities and more during this free-with-admission celebration, while highlighting issues facing amphibian species worldwide. It is estimated...

2009-11-13 07:55:00

Breeding program offers new opportunities to understand a little-studied species, and introduce the public to these fascinating creatures Anchored to an algae-covered rock in a 120-gallon tank at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium, a cluster of inky-colored cuttlefish eggs is beginning to swell"”evidence of success for the Academy's new captive breeding program for dwarf cuttlefish, Sepia bandensis. The program, pioneered by Academy biologist Richard Ross, is the...

2009-10-15 09:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing to 11 ft. in length, Sevengills are the largest of the five species of sharks that are commonly found in San Francisco Bay, but little is known about their lifestyle or habitat requirements. In 2008, Aquarium of the Bay partnered with the UC-Davis Biotelemetry Lab to learn more about the sharks' long-term movements and breeding patterns. To date, this innovative program has implanted acoustic transmitters in 25 Sevengills. Monitors...

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