TOTEM Visits New Aquarium Exhibit

Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM characters explore the Watershed Exhibit

The new watershed exhibit in our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s Dorothy Green Room passed inspection today by some very important guests: two green frogs, one blue frog and one very petite and agile fish.

These creatures were not your average fish and frogs found along the watershed, rather they were characters from TOTEM, Cirque du Soleil’s latest show to take up residence in the beach parking lot next to the Santa Monica Pier. The characters stopped by to kickoff a community partnership between the Aquarium and the world-renown entertainment company. The partnership coincides with the run of TOTEM, which opens this Friday, Jan. 17.

When the Aquarium cuts the ribbon to officially open the watershed exhibit and newly renovated Dorothy Green Room this Saturday, the public will enjoy a free day at the Aquarium, sponsored by Cirque du Soleil. Free admission will be offered every Friday in February as well, courtesy of Cirque.

The nimble amphibians and their diminutive fish friend explored the interactive elements of the new exhibit and peered into the new tanks teeming with life, blending into the habitat as if the exhibit were built just for them. An afternoon of investigating, playing and tumbling came to an end as the frogs and fish retreated to their blue and yellow tents, loaded with new information about the watershed.

Celebrate the memory of Dorothy Green -- our founding president -- and our watersheds with us Saturday at the Aquarium. And remember, admission is free!

smpa and cirque TOTEM critters explore SMPA's new watershed exhibit, named for Dorothy Green.