True to California form, the Aquarium of the Pacific finds a way to beat Liberalism over the tourists’ heads. There is definitely an agenda behind the exhibits. Every placard seems to be targeted at making mankind feel bad about driving SUVs that kill sea lions‘ homes, eating at restaurants that deplete the world’s fish supply, or not voting for Green initiatives that will magically undo all of the evil mankind’s deeds that have caused the so called Anthropocene (translation: rich, white Conservatives caused all the bad stuff in modern history, including global warming). Even the trainers beat us over the ears by telling us how they train animals, and how we should raise kids–strictly through positive reinforcement. Meanwhile, half of those idiot parents who raised their kids solely through positive reinforcement were watching their kids run rampant around the park, or screaming at the top of their lungs about wanting ice cream. None of the shows seemed to be designed for crowds of more than two–the stage was small and lacked any visibility into the water tank. The indoor exhibits are poorly designed as well–crowded viewing area (even for small groups), poor visibility into the water tanks, poor temperature regulation.
Complain, complain, complain… Rather than going on, I will just sign off here and say “visit this place once, knock it off your checklist, and find another aquarium to visit”. No good view of the sharks, penguins, seals, or sea lions. 2/5 stars. The only redeeming quality is that it is close to home.