Unlike a traditional aquarium, the Seymour Marine Discovery Center takes you behind the scenes to learn more about scientific research in our oceans. Learn more about elephant seal behavior, understand the role of sea otters in their ecosystem, observe the differences in plant and animal life in different tidepools, or learn more about the hearing of sea lions and harbor seals.
California Coastal Art & Poetry
Each year, the California Coastal Commission invites California students from kindergarten through 12th grade to enter artwork or poetry inspired by the California coast to the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Their work conveys their perceptions of and experiences with our coast, whether whimsical, analytical, spiritual, or political. By encouraging youth to reflect on California’s beaches and ocean, the Commission hopes to inspire a greater sense of stewardship for these natural places.
This program began in 1998 as a poster contest for kindergarten through 6th grade students. In 2003 it was expanded to include artwork and poetry through the 12th grade and since then more than 34,000 entries have been received from throughout California.
Artwork and poetry from the California Coastal Art & Poetry Contest will be on display in the Seymour Center’s exhibit hall from November through January.
Bring the family for some interesting (and weird!) science about underwater creatures with our new exhibit, Squidtoons!
This exhibit consists of beautifully drawn, large-format educational comics combining fun science facts, kid-friendly wit, and a strong environmental message. From whale vomit to bone-eating worms, narwhals to sea dragons, Squidtoons presents real ocean science in a series of entertaining, easy-to-understand comic panels on display throughout our aquarium. Venture from the seashore to the deep sea, and learn about the ocean’s diverse life forms.
Squidtoons creator Garfield Kwan was born in Hong Kong, and immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of 8. After finishing his undergraduate degree at University of California, San Diego, he started Squidtoons in 2013 to illustrate marine science using comics and illustrations. He is currently finishing his PhD in marine fish physiology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.