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Something Fishy . . .

September 13, 1998

Regarding "Ordering Up a Walk With Fish and Ships" (Hiking, Aug. 2): A recent visit to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific was an utter disappointment. The exhibits do not live up to the hype! They were small and few in number (the notable exception was the "predator" tank). All of this was presented at an inflated price: $40 for two, with parking and advance purchase fee for the tickets. Conversations with other families in the parking structure confirmed that we were not the only ones who felt "ripped off."

Southern California has several outstanding aquariums. The best, in our opinion, is the (much cheaper!) Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro has many more informative exhibits than does Long Beach.

GREG and ANITA VAN STRALEN, Temple City

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