This Week at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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sand-lecture-aquariumMichael Welland Book Signing & Lecture • Sand: the Never-Ending Story

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

From the bottom of the sea to the landscapes of Mars, Michael Welland reveals some of the extraordinary stories of one of nature’s humblest, most powerful, and most ubiquitous materials—sand. In fact, sand is all around us. It has made our way of life possible, and it continues to play a dramatic role in our relationship with the environment. We do indeed find the world in a grain of sand. Welland is the founder and director of Orogen Limited, a consulting company based in London. He has been face to face with geology around the world, from early field work in the Arctic and for the British Geological Survey in Oman to recent Saharan expeditions. He has held university teaching and research positions, a variety of roles in the international energy business, and is a fellow of the Geological Society (London), the Geological Society.

The cost is $8 for the public and $4 for general members. Free for students with valid student ID. Reservations are required by calling 562-590-3100.

napoleon-chagonNapoleon Chagnon A Lifetime Study of Amazonian Indians from a Darwinian Perspective and Opposition to My Effort

Thursday, May 28 • 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a special presentation by Dr. Napoleon A. Chagnon. Dr. Chagnon, one of the country’s most prominent anthropologists, retired in 1999 from UC Santa Barbara. His 30-year study of the Yanomamö Indians of the border region between Venezuela and Brazil resulted in over 100 scientific articles, 22 documentary films and 6 books, one of them becoming the all-time best seller in didactic anthropology. His advocacy of Darwinian ideas in cultural anthropology eventually led to several major controversies, which he will discuss in his presentation.

The cost for this presentation is $8 for the public and $4 for general members, or free for students with valid student ID. Advanced reservations are required by calling 562-590-3100.

jellyfish-long-beach-aquariumSaturday Family Fun: Sea Jellies and Other Incredible Invertebrates

Saturday • May 30 • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

What do sea jellies, octopuses, and sea stars have in common? There are no bones about them! Learn that while these animals may lack bones, they have all kinds of adaptations!

Students will learn how the sea jelly survives and what animals make a tasty snack out of them. Since we cannot touch these stinging animals, we touch and learn about some other amazing invertebrates.

These programs are developed for four to six year olds with a parent or chaperone. Because this class is specifically designed for four to six year olds, any younger or older siblings of the child should stay at home and cannot be admitted to the class. These programs allow students to delve into the ocean world through interactive, hands on programming. Child/adult interaction is encouraged in the class, aiding in the student’s discovery while fostering parent child relationships.

Summer Shark Sundays

Sundays • May 31 • 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Stay out late with the fish as the aquarium will remain open until 10 p.m. on Sundays during the summer. The public is invited explore the Aquarium to meet over 12,500 animals that call the Pacific Ocean home. Visitors will be able to interact with various sea animals, watch films, and more. From touching sharks and sea stars to watching the nocturnal behaviors of the giant Pacific octopus and sharks, Summer Sundays offer a fun and relaxing retreat by the sea. Special discount will be offered on admission after 5 p.m.

Cost: General Admission–$23.95 adult (12+), $20.95 senior (62+), $11.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age 3 and Aquarium members.

The Aquarium is located at 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach. For information about the Aquarium of the Pacific call (562) 590-3100 or log on to

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