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Membership in Critter Care is valid for one year and supports the care of the Aquarium's animals.
- $25: A certificate of support, fun facts about your animal and a subscription to Tidelines.
- $50: Items above plus a glossy photo of your animal
- $100: Items above plus a Tidepool reference guide
- $250: Items above plus a private Tidepool Touch Tank viewing for 10
- $500: Items above plus invitation to exclusive Tidepool Adventures event
The garibaldi is California's state marine fish and one of the most stunning members of the kelp forest ecosystem. With brilliant orange coloring, the garibaldi dazzles the eyes.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is one of two places in the world with white abalone on public display. The Aquarium is actively involved in the efforts to bring back the highly endangered species.
Moon jellies give the ocean an outer-space quality with their transparent, iridescent moon-shaped bells. Instead of having long, thick trailing tentacles that jellies are famous for, moon jellies have hundreds of short, wispy tentacles on the edge of their bell.
From March through September, this curious fish comes completely out of the water to lay its eggs in the sand along Southern California's beaches.
The Pacific seahorse reverses traditional birthing roles. During reproduction, the female seahorse transfers about 3,000 eggs into the males brood pouch where they are fertilized and incubated for about 12 days.
When swell sharks feel threatened, they grab their tail by the mouth and form a "U"shape, then they inflate their stomachs by swallowing water and swell their bodies up to double the size like a big balloon, hence their common name swell shark.