Highlight Animals

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Aquarium of the Bay has over 20,000 marine animals!
Learn more about some of our highlight animals below.

Giant Pacific Octopus

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Giant Pacific Octopuses can change color within a fraction of a second, by stretching or squeezing their skin, which contains millions of elastic cells with colored pigments.

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River Otters

River otters love fish. They also eat crabs, frogs, birds and rodents. As top predators in their ecosystems, river otters rely on a healthy food web. Come watch our adorable river otters chomp and romp!

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Sevengill Shark

Sevengill Sharks are San Francisco Bay's largest predators. Learn about what they eat, why they don’t eat the other animals, and what makes them unique from other sharks.

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Pacific Sea Nettles

Can you believe that jellies are made up of 95% water and have no heart, brains, or bones?

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Pacific Angel Sharks

Pacific angel sharks are formidable predators, earning them the nickname "sand devils." They can lie still in the sand for days without moving while waiting for prey to swim by. Do you think you can spot the Pacific Angel Shark in our tunnels?

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Moon Jellies Moon jellies are a fast growing and fairly short-lived species, developing from the larvae or planula stage to their adult or medusa phase in approximately 10 months. Come check out our jellies of all sizes!

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California Sheephead

All sheepheads are born as females, but eventually transform into males. Due to hormonal changes triggered by environmental and social cues, this fish can go from a reproductively-functional female to a fully-functional male. Say what?

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Shovelnose Guitarfish “Shovelnose Guitarfish represent an evolutionary offshoot between sharks and rays,” says Michael Grassmann, Senior Biologist at Aquarium of the Bay. Come meet our unique Aquarium residents.

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Sea Stars Did you know that there are more than 1,800 species of sea stars? In a rainbow of colors, sea stars also range in size, from that of a small bug to a large clock. Aquarium of the Bay exhibits species including Bat, Sunflower, Leather, Ochre and Pink Stars.

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White Sturgeon Talk about big! At record-setting sizes of more than 1,300 pounds and 13 feet long, White Sturgeon earned their title of the largest freshwater fish in North America. 

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