Take advantage of these daily activities at Aquarium of the Bay to get unprecedented access to the many wonderful exhibits inside.

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October 5, 2018

Enhance Your Visit to Aquarium of the Bay With These Daily Educational Programs

At Aquarium of the Bay, home to more than 20,000 marine animals, visitors can extend the enjoyment and enlightenment of their visit through a variety of daily programs offered by the museum's naturalists and hands-on exhibits.

Programs include:

11:15 a.m.: Sevengill Shark Feeding (Tuesdays and Saturday only)

Join the Aquarium's team in the Sharks of Alcatraz tunnel to see them feed the largest shark in the bay, the broad nose sevengill. Learn more about how these often misunderstood animals are an important part of the bay ecosystem.

11:30 a.m.: Animal Encounter

Meet one of the Aquarium's climate change ambassadors, the red-eared slider. Learn about how human activity is affecting these turtles both locally and globally.

12:15 p.m.: Jelly Talk

Join an educator to learn more about these amazing brainless, boneless, and bloodless animals.

12:30 p.m.: Animal Encounter

Meet a California kingsnake, a climate change ambassador. Learn about these cold-blooded animals and their important role in our local ecosystems.

1:30 p.m.: Bat Ray Feeding

Get up close and personal at the ray touch pool with some of the Bay’s residents. Watch the different feeding behaviors of skates and rays, while learning from an educator what make these animals so special.

1:00 p.m. River Otter Feeding

Experience the lives of the Aquarium's watershed ambassadors, the North American river otters. Biologists will explain how these animals are cared for from inside the exhibit.

2:15 p.m.: Shark Talk

The special adaptations of these animals have allowed them to survive for 450 million years. They serve a very important role in our oceans. Learn from Aquarium staff all about these thrilling animals and how we can help them in the wild.

2:30 p.m.: Squid Dissection

Join educators at the Bay Lab for a squid dissection. Learn about the inner workings and biology of these awesome animals.

3:00 p.m.: Tunnel Feeding (Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays only)

Watch how the sharks, rays, and fish of San Francisco Bay are fed below the surface. Learn about the important roles that each of these animals have in keeping our ecosystem healthy.

3:30 p.m.: Tidepool Talk

Join educators to find out how sea stars, sea cucumbers and other invertebrates have adapted survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet.

4:00 p.m.: Animal Encounter

In the Bay Lab, meet a climate change ambassador, the blue-tongued skink. An educator will teach you about how this interesting lizard is being affected by human actions.

4:30 p.m.: Bat Ray Feeding

Get up close and personal at the ray touch pool with some of the Bay’s residents. Watch the different feeding behaviors of skates and rays, while learning from an educator what make these animals so special.

For more information of the daily programs, visit Aquarium of the Bay online.

Upgrade your visit with a Behind-the-Scenes tour. Take a guided walk through the galleries and tunnels, as well as an opportunity to walk the catwalks above the tanks, and learn about dive operations and how the Aquarium cares for its resident animals. Tours last 45 minutes, and are offered at 1 p.m. daily, with an additional 4 p.m. tour on weekends. Another exciting option is to feed the sharks! You can purchase a tour ticket here.

Aquarium of the Bay is conveniently located on PIER 39, along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, where the Embarcadero meets Beach St., and adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf. The PIER is easily accessible via San Francisco Muni's historic F-Line street car or the 8X, 8BX, 39, or 47 Muni bus lines. San Francisco's famous cable car lines also drop off a few blocks from The PIER.

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