Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
Santa Monica, CA – Come celebrate
the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale during “Whale of a Weekend,”
February 19th & 20th at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600
Ocean Front Walk, located beach level at the Santa Monica Pier.
A host of whale-related activities
will be ongoing both days from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. Visitors can feel the heft of a whale rib,
check out bristly baleen and try on a layer of (simulated) whale blubber for
warmth. Kids of all ages can have their
faces painted and make a whale visor to take home.
The latest artifacts on display are
two large segments of whale baleen, donated to the Aquarium by the Marine
Mammal Center in Sausalito. Baleen are plates with hard bristles inside a
whale’s mouth that trap and filter small organisms for nourishment.
Learn more interesting facts about
these gentle giants at the Aquarium through story time, film screenings and staff
presentations on the impact of climate change on local marine life. Aquarium
naturalists, along with representatives of the American Cetacean Society, will
staff a wildlife observation station at the west end of the Santa Monica Pier. Those who stop by are welcome to spy for whales through binoculars
and field guides will be available to identify local birds and other local marine life visible
from the western end of the Pier.
Admission is free for children 12
and under when accompanied by an adult. For those 13 and older, a $5 donation
is suggested, with a minimum $3 admission per person required. For groups
of 10 or more, the fee is $2 per person, regardless of age. Call 310-393-6149
for more information or visit our website at www.healthebay.org/smpa.
About the SMPA The
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s marine education facility located
beach-level, just below the Carousel, at the Santa Monica Pier. The Aquarium is
open to the general public during public hours
and attracts more than 85,000 visitors per year. Since Heal the Bay acquired
the Aquarium in 2003 from UCLA, more than 300,000 visitors have been welcomed
during public hours and approximately 80,000 students have been educated during
About Heal the Bay Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making
Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay,
safe, healthy and clean. We use research, education, community action and
advocacy to pursue our mission.