CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2010 |
Four years ago, when the giant oil company BP donated $1 million to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, the contribution seemed like a good deal for both an oil company trying to burnish its environmental credentials and a venue trying to draw more visitors. Then, last month, a BP oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. With the BP Sea Otter Habitat set to open this week, a potential feel-good moment has turned into a public relations landmine.
April 29, 2010
Though the timing takes a cue from Mexico's Día del Niño holiday, this Children's Day celebration will be an international affair, with kids performing songs and dances from Cambodia, West Africa, Hawaii and elsewhere. Other festivities include arts, crafts and a first-ever children's parade. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free with museum admission (general admission $23.95, children 3-11 $11.95, seniors 62 and older $20.95)
February 26, 2010
When you're shopping for a pair of Seven jeans or ankle boots, you don't expect to be met by a flood of saltwater and the imminent prospect of sharks. But shoppers at the Dubai Mall faced just that Thursday when the center's massive aquarium sprang a leak. Amateur video of the incident shows worried shoppers slogging about as water gushes from the tank. News reports in the Persian Gulf city-state referred to it as a minor leak and said it was quickly brought under control by maintenance workers with no harm done to the aquarium's inhabitants.
February 13, 2010 |
Jumbo squids invaded Orange County late last month. The 10-limbed creatures, weighing up to 60 pounds, swarmed the waters near Newport Beach, and anglers delighted at the prospect of calamari steaks. Bruce Robison, senior scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, talked about the life of squids and why we shouldn't be afraid of these marine cephalopods. Why did this invasion happen in Orange County? There has been a large-scale invasion of the entire California coast that started in 2002.
January 28, 2010
On Friday celebrate local art, music and culture while enjoying a few drinks at Nights at the Aquarium . Sunday the Aquarium of the Pacific will be open late to offer photographers a chance to capture marine life withoutdistractions. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way. Night Dive, 7 p.m. Friday, $11.95. Photographer's Night, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, $23.95. (562) 590-3100. www.aquariumofpacific.org.
January 27, 2010
BOOKS Nick Flynn The edgy poet and former ship's captain presents and signs his second memoir, "The Ticking Is the Bomb." The gripping portrait of bewilderment and fatherhood during tumultuous times has drawn glowing praise from John Waters, who called it a "true delight." Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. www.booksoup.com. FOOD Sexy Lobster, Succulent Sushi Science writer and culinary expert Trevor Corson will give a talk subtitled "My Favorite Facts about Underwater Bugs, Raw Fish, and the Future of Our Oceans," about life as a Maine lobsterman, marine mating habits, and surprising facts about sushi.
December 31, 2009
Kids 5 and up and their parents are invited to New Year's Eve Sleepover , a family-friendly night at the aquarium. The festive overnight event includes animal interactions, fish feedings and a view of the Queen Mary fireworks show at midnight, plus a pizza dinner and an aquarium T-shirt. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way. 5 p.m. Today. $70. (562) 951-1630. www.aquariumofpacific.org.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2009 |
The SEA Lab is a small aquarium in Redondo Beach that about 20,000 schoolchildren visit each year to look at the fish. Sometimes they even get the chance to touch them. But over the weekend, someone went a lot further than that by stealing two 30-pound California halibut and more than 20 spiny lobsters from the outdoor tanks. A pool of blood was found next to the 5,000-gallon halibut tank, presumably from injuries the fish suffered. Brent Scheiwe, the SEA Lab's program director, said there was no evidence of a break-in.