The aquarium’s volunteer ranks have slowly regrown to close to its original numbers, with 800 to 900 volunteers currently involved as restrictions have eased.
The aquarium is gearing up to restart its social calendar, starting with a June 27 film screening of ”Plastic Bag Store: The Film,” focused on plastic use.
The Aquarium of the Pacific welcomed some new members to the family, including a green sea turtle (now in the new Coral Reef exhibit), a red-footed booby bird, and a “sexy shrimp,” named for its dance-like movements.
The aquarium’s closure during the pandemic actually allowed the reefs in the exhibit to develop even further, creating an even more vibrant end result by the time of the aquarium’s full reopening on June 12.
The local aquarium’s TikTok following has grown to an astounding 2.3 million, more than any other aquarium or zoo in the country.
Staff at the aquarium “considered Maggie to be a motherly sea otter with a kind and gentle nature,” a spokesperson said.
The winners of the contest can earn as much as $2,000 and have their films screened during the film festival on June 2.
“We hope to bring meaningful opportunities in the marine sciences to African American students and to bring diverse minds to solving the issues facing our planet,” said Anthony Brown, Aquarium of the Pacific CFO and committee lead on the program.
Tune in online Saturday, Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To see a full schedule of live classes and all of the Aquarium’s other online programs, visit the Online Academy page.