What better way to celebrate Mother's Day on May 12 than to adopt a shark egg at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium? Moms can visit the Aquarium to check the progress of their swell shark or horn shark – both species grow in an egg casing for at least nine months – but the Aquarium staff will do all the work! It’s a day at the beach for Mom and an important way to connect with the marine environment, support an animal on exhibit and gain a greater understanding of the amazing ocean habitat of the Santa Monica Bay. An Aquadoption gift not only assists in the feeding and care of an animal, it also funds the maintenance of exhibits and the ongoing education and advocacy efforts core to Heal the Bay's mission.
An Aquadoption includes a one-year family membership with free entry to the Aquarium, an adoption packet and a laminated animal ID card. Visit the Aquarium to get acquainted with prospective adoptees during public hours, Tuesday through Friday from 2-5 p.m. or weekends from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
You can also treat your mom to a special sighting this Mother's Day during a Grunion Run. Starting Thursday and through Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, you'll have a rare opportunity to spot the sleek fish that comes onto land in the thousands to lay eggs, flopping in the moonlight on our local beaches. We have times and tips to spot the Grunion.
Consider dedicating a donation in honor of your mother. A gift to Heal the Bay is the perfect way to show someone how important they are while at the same time making a significant difference in our Bay. If you like, Heal the Bay will send notification of your dedication gift along with your personal note to the person of your choosing.
Whether you purchase a yearlong adoption for Mom, for a friend or for a child or grandparent, or foster an animal yourself, it is the gift that keeps on giving on behalf of marine life welfare. Newborn shark pups and eight other species of marine animals are also available for fostering through Aquadoption.