Behind the Scenes

Seawater System

Seawater SystemOur seawater system is the “lifeblood” of this marine science campus. It supplies natural, high-quality seawater that supports living marine plants and animals ranging from tiny phytoplankton to large seals and dolphins. Our ability to pump fresh, cold, oxygenated seawater 24 hours a day, every day of the year, is critical to the operation of the marine lab and its living creatures.

The system produces about 1 million gallons per day of seawater. When the pumps are running, we can pump 600-1,000 gallons per minute out of the ocean.

Marine Mammal Research Areas

Beginning February 13, 2018, part of the visitor experience can include a behind-the-scenes view of the Joseph M. Long Laboratory, the university marine research facility associated with the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Skillful docents lead visitors near research and staging areas. A highlight includes views of the marine mammal pools where researchers work closely with dolphins, seals, and sea lions. Our tours enable you to learn more about the exciting discoveries and the fascinating animals and people who partner together to help us understand and protect marine mammals.

Days & Hours

Tuesday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Behind the Scenes

New Exhibit

California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest

On Display Now

Explorations Each year, California students from kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to enter the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest, presented by the California Coastal Commision. By encouraging youth to reflect on California’s beaches and ocean through art and poetry, the Commission hopes to inspire a greater sense of stewardship for these natural places.



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