Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Featured Event

Successful Giant Sea Bass Release

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium successfully released close to 180 juvenile giant sea bass into the wild. These fish were raised in the Aquarium's Aquatic Nursery. The giant sea bass is a critically endangered fish with an estimated population of only 500. By raising the young fish in our facility, and releasing once they are larger, they have a much greater chance of success. We hope efforts such as these will help in the conservation of these very special fish that were once fish nearly to extinction.  

Watch the video release of  CMA's Project Gigas: The rearing and release of giant sea bass


giant sea bass

Learn more about the giant sea bass here.

giant sea bass There is still much to be learned about the giant sea bass! If you spot a giant sea bass in the wild, you can contribute to research of this species by taking a photo or video (try to capture the spot pattern on the side of the animal) and submitting it online here



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Ichthyology (Grades 5-6)  Arrow
Examine the inner and outer workings of a fish, and discover unique features that relate sharks to eels and the garibaldi.

Pre-registration required. Registration closes one week before class...

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Coastal Field Research (Grades 7-9)  Arrow
Combine marine biology with art! Using the observational techniques and works of Muir, Rickets and Audubon (among others) as inspiration, students will keep a naturalist's journal and participate in...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series  Arrow
Bringing Dark Data into the Light, One Shell at a Time

By Dr. Nicole Bonuso, CSU Fullerton

Friday, August 7, 2020 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Grand Grunion Gala - Rescheduled to September 12  Arrow
Don’t miss the best beach party in town - the Grand Grunion Gala at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium!

We’ll kick off the evening with craft cocktails and a silent auction at 5 p.m., followed by a gourmet...

Saturday, September 12, 2020 • 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series  Arrow
The Risks of Climate Change on the Most Vulnerable Species and Ecosystems

By Dr. Nina Bednarsek, SCCWRP

Friday, October 2, 2020 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Discovery Lecture Series  Arrow
Rocky intertidal ecosystems in urbanized southern California: Long-term change, human impacts, and management

By Dr. Jayson Smith, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Friday, December 4, 2020 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM