Profiles of Southern California marine species – Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Here is a great resource for learning what is hanging out in the coastal waters of Southern California.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – Southern California Species

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is home to more than 200 species of animals that live in and around the waters of Southern California.

With its spectacular natural setting adjacent to Cabrillo Beach Coastal Park and the Port of Los Angeles, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is uniquely suited to its leadership role in marine science education, aquaculture research and community recreation.  The historic Frank Gehry-designed aquarium displays the largest collection of Southern California marine life in the world.


Sand Dollar – You can’t spend these dollars, they are relatives to sea stars.


Garibaldi – the California State marine fish and may live as long as 12 years.


California Mussel – while feeding, a mussel filters 2 to 3 quarts of water per hour.


Purple Sea Urchin – have tube feet, which they use for attachment, locomotion and feeding.


Hermit Crab – protect their rear ends by hiding it in a snail shell.

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