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Aquarium of the Pacific - Tropical Reef Habitat

Long Beach, CA 90802, United States
 
A 300,000 gallon wonderland filled with more than 1,000 animals to observe and enjoy with a few that are extremely curious of you. This exhibit is filled with excitement from a batfish named “Bubbles” who will follow you throughout your entire dive and nibble at your wetsuit hood to two Queensland Groupers that are 300-400 pounds of gentle giant. As you drop into the deepest part of the main tank be careful to keep your position while you observe the graceful hammerhead sharks, giant stingray and curious zebra sharks swimming around you because there is a current on the left hand side of the tank and you can end up bumping into things if you're not observant. Once at the bottom of the exhibit, it’s just you and Bubbles observing the busy habits of so many beautiful animals it’s overwhelming. There are large snowflake eels, moray eels, a beautiful sea turtle and sharks. The sharks in this exhibit are absolutely beautiful, there are two strong and healthy scalloped hammerheads and three zebra sharks. Observing the hammerheads as they gracefully pass by, you can see all of the muscle in their sleek body and their coloring is breathtaking to see up close. Then there are the awe inspiring zebra sharks, about five feet in length they effortlessly slip through the water. As the zebra sharks swim past you can see the rough texture of their skin and their markings take on an artistic patina as they get close to you, if these were the only animals in the exhibit it would be worth it to pay and dive with them. Once you have spent some time in the main tank you can swim over to an area where people are below you in a tunnel and there are loads of smaller tropical fish to observe. This portion of the exhibit is home to many of the tangs and surgeonfish with every color in the rainbow surrounding you as they curiously swim around you. Spend a few minutes in the tunnel area and then get back over to the main tank to watch the kaleidoscope of color and life swim around you before it’s time to surface back into reality. It’s impossible to describe the beauty and wonder you will experience in this exhibit, once you are under it’s easy to drift off into the undersea beauty and feel just like your on a dive on a remote reef in Southeast Asia. We highly recommend this experience for anyone traveling through or staying in LA, and you don't even have to get your own gear wet on the way to your final destination.

SDA Overview

  • Moderate
    Level of Difficulty
  • Easy
    Current
  • 24°
    Water Temperature (celsius)
  • 7m
    Depth (meters)
  • Shore Dive
    Dive Type
  • No
    Wreck
  • Yes
    Marine Life?
  • Marine Life - Pelagics
  • Marine Life - Corals
  • Marine Life - Macro
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