Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Featured Event

Catalina Above and Below
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Join CMA staff for an all-day hands-on scientific observation and collection trip to Catalina Island. “Catalina Above And Below” is one of the Aquarium’s most popular boat trips!

Throughout the trip, staff will be on the lookout for marine birds, dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and wide variety of other marine animals. Learn about methods and techniques used to capture marine animals such as swell sharks, moray eels, lobsters, and the rarely seen, very slimy hagfish.

Passengers will assist with pulling in traps and get up-close looks at animals, while CMA staff and experts will be on-hand to identify, teach and answer questions. Explore the seldom-visited isthmus of the island, then head out to mid-channel to bait for pelagic sharks. For more information, please click here.


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The Vanishing Vaquita - Free Lecture  Arrow
Friends of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the American Cetacean Society present this free lecture:

The Vaquitas' Net Loss: new abundance estimate reveals that Mexico’s endemic porpoise faces...

Thursday, May 26, 2016 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Salt Marsh Open House  Arrow
Join CMA Educators to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. Visitors can view the birds of the marsh,...

Sunday, May 29, 2016 • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


American Cetacean Society Lecture  Arrow
The American Cetacean Society/LA Chapter offers free presentations on whale research and conservation on the last Tuesday of every month in the John M. Olguin Auditorium.

For more information and...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series
presented by AltaSea and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Sewers to Sanddabs: Profiling Orange County Sanitation District’s Ocean Monitoring Program

By Dr. Jeff Armstrong, Environmental Supervisor
Orange County Sanitation District-Ocean Monitoring...

Friday, June 03, 2016 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Beach Cleanup  Arrow
On the first Saturday of each month, join CMA Educators and volunteers in a beach cleanup, clearing the shore of marine debris. Meet at the steps in front of the auditorium.

Groups are required to...

Saturday, June 04, 2016 • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Meet the Grunion  Arrow
Watch silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8 pm and an auditorium program begins at 9,...

Monday, June 06, 2016 • 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM