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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Discovery Lecture Series - Postponed  Arrow
Just say no to drugs: The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria into our coastal wetlands

By Dr. David Cummings, Point Loma Nazarene University

Friday, June 5, 2020 • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Channel Islands Adventure: Santa Cruz Island (Prisoners Harbor) and Anacapa Island - Cancelled  Arrow
Discover the wonders of the Channel Islands as you join CMA educators on an adventure to Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands, which are part of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.


Saturday, June 6, 2020 • 8:15 AM - 5:30 PM


Beach Cleanup - Cancelled  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 6, 2020 • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


World Oceans Day  Arrow
Celebrate the ocean and share how important it is in our lives. Family-oriented activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a guided beach walk, a close-up look at baby...

Saturday, June 6, 2020 • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


FRIENDS Members-Only Grunion Run - Cancelled  Arrow
FRIENDS of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a Members-Only Grunion Run! This is a FREE event for FCMA members, community sponsors, corporate sponsors and employee families of corporate sponsors.
Saturday, June 6, 2020 • 8:00 PM


Salt Marsh Open House - Cancelled  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, June 14, 2020 • 2:15 PM - 4:15 PM