Aquarium visitors and residents at the Open Sea exhibit
Our Open Sea exhibit provides a window into the blue-water ecosystem of the Pacific Ocean. Apex predators like sharks and tuna glide past sea turtles, mackerel, and shimmering schools of sardines.
Chomp! A bluefin tuna snags a piece of squid during a feeding
To deter predators from taking a bite out of their neighbors, we keep all residents satisfied with regular feedings. Tuna and mahi mahi get fed first so they’re already full when smaller mackerels and sardines come out to nibble.
Mahi mahi snack on gel diet in the center of the the Open Sea exhibit
While the fishes are feasting, hammerhead sharks, sandbar sharks, and pelagic stingrays get their own separate feeding on the side of the exhibit. Aquarists carefully weigh slabs of salmon before handfeeding them to the critters waiting below. Tracking how fast sharks and stingrays grow helps us better understand some of the ocean’s most misunderstood creatures.
Sardines whirl in a glittering frenzy while feeding