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  • Jellies on the Horizon

    Jellies on the Horizon

    Watch where you step along the shoreline, By-The-Wind-Sailors are back for the season.

    Meet Velella Velella, more commonly known as the “By-the-Wind Sailor” or “Little Sail” jelly. On land they appear as transparent discs, not unlike that of a dried round of plastic, but their life cycle is much more interesting that a heap of rubbish. A cousin of the common moon jelly, Velella wash ashore seasonally with the springtime winds which push these jellies all along the Pacific Coast ranging from Southern California to British Columbia.  Locally, beaches including Pismo, Shell, and Avila have spotted a large handful of these jellies, but historically they have literally littered beaches in throngs of thousands.

  • Sharks After Dark with Steve Hendricks

    Sharks After Dark with Steve Hendricks

    Friday, April 24, 2015 6:00PM-8:00PM

    Spend an evening exploring the Aquarium after hours, enjoying wine and appetizers, and an exclusive lecture presentation by fish biologist, Steve Hendricks. Steve will outline the dangers our oceans are facing and how we can play a part of the solution. Tickets are $20 at the door and due to limited space, reservations are required.

  • Beneath the Surface: Earth Day Festival

    Beneath the Surface: Earth Day Festival

    Saturday, April 25th; 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    The Central Coast Aquarium Presents the 4th Annual Beneath the Surface: Marine Cleanup and Earth Day Festival in Avila Beach!

    On Saturday, April 25th, the event is set to include a SCUBA dive clean up off the Harford Pier, a beach/estuary/trail clean up, fun raffles, and a festival featuring local educational and wildlife organizations. 

  • The Floating Lab Floats On

    The Floating Lab Floats On

    This past week the Central Coast Aquarium debuted their first Floating Lab of the year in style thanks to the generous donation of new life jackets from PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

Marine Science School Programs

The Central Coast Aquarium is excited to kick off our 2014/2015 school program year and we look forward to teaching your classes preK-12th about the incredible ocean and the life within. Don't miss out on an exciting opportunity to participate in our popular Marine Science School Programs!

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