Giant kelp provides food and shelter for a vibrant ecosystem.
Listen to live audio of our Kelp Forest feeding program and watch divers hand-feed sharks, fishes and other animals. If you're lucky, a wolf-eel will emerge to gulp some squid or fish.
We recently added 4,600 anchovies and sardines to our Kelp Forest. How do you tell these shimmering schools apart? A sardine school tends to move in darting motions, while a school of anchovies will form a vertical funnel or swirl.
Twice a day our divers jump into this exhibit to feed the fishes—including fan favorites like the leopard shark and giant sea bass. Hand-feeding ensures everyone gets enough sustainable seafood to eat. It's also a great chance for you to meet the many species that make up this diverse community.
Want a preview of our Kelp Forest and other exhibits? A virtual visit is just a few clicks away with Google Maps Street View. Get a 360-degree look at the Aquarium as you stroll inside through our galleries or outside on our decks—all from the comfort of your computer.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.