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While vacationing in California recently, I spent a day at the Aquarium of the Pacific, in Long Beach. So here are some photos from my day at the Aquarium.  :)

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The Aquarium of the Pacific

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Aquarium grounds

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Life-size model of a Blue Whale (and her calf behind her) dominates the atrium

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A diver gives an educational talk in the "Blue Hole" tank.

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A Leopard Shark passes by the diver

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Tube worms

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Nautilus

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Sea stars

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A Fringehead fish

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Seaweeds and kelp

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Seahorse

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Abalone

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California Sea Lion

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Harbor Seal

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Blacktip Shark

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Feeding the Lorikeets in the aviary

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The Touch Tank contains Bonnethead Sharks, Bamboo Sharks, Epaulette Sharks, and Bat Rays

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Bonnethead

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Bat Ray

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Sand Eels

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A Blenny fish

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Halibut

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Anemones and Sea stars

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Jellyfish

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Banded Sea Krait, a type of sea snake.

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Sea Cucumber

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Some nice-looking fish

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A "Sea Pen", living relative of the ancient Crinoids

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Damselfish

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Pipefish

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Puffer fish

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Lemon Tangs

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Cardinal fish

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Spider Crab

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The seashore outside the Aquarium

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Long Beach Marina

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The "Queen Mary", docked on the other side of the inlet as a floating hotel and restaurant

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Long Beach skyline, as seen from the Whale Watch boats run by the Aquarium

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LA Harbor

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Cormorants

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A group of birds fishing

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A group of Common Dolphins

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Gray Whale

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Another Gray Whale

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