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.
Squidtoons: Exploring Ocean Science with Comics
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.
Illustrated Observations: Select Sketches by UC Santa Cruz Students
These sketches and illustrations were produced by current and past students in the class *Norris Center Environmental Studies 18, Natural History Illustration. Students from all majors and with all levels of artistic experience participated.
Field trips to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center and Younger Lagoon Reserve provided opportunities to illustrate marine life and practice sketching in the outdoors. The behavior of living creatures is unpredictable and provides unique challenges for the artist—some animals remain still for long periods while others move quickly. Along with illustration, the students practiced “gesture sketching” to capture the essence of the subject with a few strokes or lines, rather than attempting a fully accurate representation.
*Established in 2014, the Kenneth S. Norris Center for Natural History at UC Santa Cruz builds upon the contributions that Professor Ken Norris made to the field of natural history study.