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Aquarium of the Bay

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Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco, California. The Aquarium is focused on local aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters.

The Aquarium of the Bay is an affiliate of The Bay Institute and is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).



The aquarium opened in 1996 under the name UnderWater World at a cost of $38 million and about 3,000 fish with 100 unique species. UnderWater World had a 360-foot-long acrylic tunnel that cuts through tanks filled with 700,000 gallons of filtered water from the bay. The original aquarium was remodeled with around $2 million in 2001 and re-branded as Aquarium of the Bay in 2001 due to poor attendance and a steep entry fee.

Aquarium of the Bay added additional attractions and has 273 species and more than 60,000 fish.


The Aquarium has over 50 sharks from species such as sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, soupfins, spiny dogfish, brown smoothhounds and angel sharks. The Aquarium also has skates, bat rays and thousands of other animals including eels, flatfish, rockfish, Wrasse, Gobies, Kelpfish, Pricklebacks, Ronquil, Sculpin and Sturgeons.


The Aquarium is divided into three parts:

Discover the Bay

This exhibit has a variety of satellite tanks containing animals such as moray eels, Bay Pipefish (the father pipefish gives birth to their young), garibaldi (the California state marine fish), and more.

Under the Bay

This is the aquarium's largest exhibit. It includes 300 feet (91 m) of tunnels and features thousands of aquatic animals and other sea creatures. The exhibit is a recreation of the San Francisco Bay.

Touch the Bay

This exhibit lets visitors touch several types of animals including bat rays, skates, leopard sharks, sea stars, and sea cucumbers.​ ||| GNU Free Documentation License 1.2 ||| Public domain ||| Public domain ||| Public domain

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