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.
Albatrosses spend nearly all of their lives over open ocean, traveling thousands of miles to find food. Instead of flapping their immense wings, they dynamically soar above the sea. This, coupled with their formidable wingspan, grants albatrosses the ability to fly hundreds of miles every day at sustained speeds of 50-60 miles per hour. Their commitment to their mates and care of their young make them an extraordinary species.
Author and artist Caren Loebel-Fried fell in love with albatrosses while spending five weeks on Midway Atoll, where approximately three quarters of the world’s Laysan albatrosses make their nests. She was captivated by this mysterious bird, inspiring her to write the new beautifully illustrated children’s book, A Perfect Day for an Albatross.
Artwork from A Perfect Day for an Albatross, videos of this incredible seabird, albatross facts, and more, will be on display from late April through mid-November.
A Photo Documentary of California’s Marine Protected Areas
Photographer Jasmine Swope and author Dwight Holing’s traveling exhibit, Our Ocean’s Edge, will be on display from late January through early June. Swope has captured the essence of California’s 120+ marine protected areas along California’s 1,100-mile coastline. The result is Our Ocean’s Edge, a photographic documentary project coupled with original narratives. The exhibit will feature 20 to 30 framed prints, ranging in size from two by three feet, to as large as three by six feet.