The tickets will be available to anyone getting vaccinated at city-run sites between May 11 and May 15 and will be given to anyone receiving a first dose.
Staff at the aquarium “considered Maggie to be a motherly sea otter with a kind and gentle nature,” a spokesperson said.
The entire aquarium will be fully open at 25% capacity to the public on Tuesday, March 16, and to aquarium members on Monday, March 15.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a loan of up to $5 million for the Aquarium of the Pacific, which has been suffering significant financial hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past 12 months, the Aquarium of the Pacific has been losing anywhere between $600,000 and $1.1 million per month depending on COVID-19 closures and restrictions.
To see a full schedule of live classes and all of the Aquarium’s other online programs, visit the Online Academy page.
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s multi-million dollar expansion, Pacific Visions, celebrated its one-year anniversary with its doors closed. Its theater’s 300 seats sat empty and have remained so for much of the year—along with all the aquarium’s indoor exhibits—due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has put a severe financial strain on the city icon.
Peter Kareiva, the director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA, will take over as CEO and president of the aquarium, the fourth largest in the U.S., on Aug. 1.
A green sea turtle, flashlight fish that glow and clownfish are among the more than a dozen new animal species that are highlighted at the Aquarium’s new coral reef exhibit.
It takes $2 million a month to operate the aquarium.