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Santa Monica Aquarium
Santa Monica Aquarium Review
From sharks to colorful fish to a crowd-drawing touch tanks, the aquariums are carefully watched over by informed staff members ready to provide information on their oceanic residents. Run by beach conservation group Heal the Bay, this live marine life menagerie contains more than 100 species of marine animals and plants, all found in Santa Monica Bay. A theater room runs education films throughout the day, and a Kid's Corner provides books, games, and a puppet-show. Don't miss this chance learn about the area's ecology and staggering evidence of how pollution is affecting the ocean and the animals and plants who live there. The Aquarium can be tricky to find—look for it tucked under the eastern end of the Santa Monica Pier bridge along Ocean Front Walk. Follow the colorful seascape murals that cover the outside walls.
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