Choose your level of support! With your contribution, you receive:
Membership in the Critter Care Club is valid for one year and supports the care of all the animals in the Aquarium.
- $25: A Fun Fact sheet about your animal
- $50: Item above plus a glossy photo of your animal
- $100: Items above plus a Tidepool reference guide
- $250: Items above plus a $20 certificate to the CMA Gift Shop
- $500: Items above plus invitation to exclusive Tidepool Adventures Event, exclusive for the highest level supporters of the Critter Care Club
The garibaldi is California's state marine fish and one of the most stunning members of the kelp forest ecosystem.
Knobby Sea Star
Sea stars are famous for their ability to regenerate limbs and the knobby sea star is no exception. If a fish or crab gets away with one of its arms, the knobby sea star will
simply grow a new one.
Moon jellies typically have four horseshoe-shaped gonads (reproductive organs) that are easy to spot within the center of their bell. On top of each gonad lies a stomach pouch, which really stands out after moon jellies are fed at the Aquarium. When they’ve eaten brine shrimp, bright orange-pink horseshoes glow all over the tank.
A CMA student researcher successfully raised the first red abalone in the Aquatic Nursery during 2012. Now CMA staff and volunteers are applying what they’ve learned from red abalone to helping the endangered white abalone.
As a top predator, adult California spiny lobsters play an important role maintaining balance to the delicate kelp forest ecosystem by eating urchins that quickly demolish kelp if not kept in check.
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.