Turtle Bay Exploration Park is excited to unveil a new aquarium exhibit in the Museum: the Northern California Rocky Shore. The exhibit currently features the animals found in the tidal zone/rocky shore in Northern California, such as green anemones, purple urchins, blood stars, rock scallops, painted greenlings, turban snails, and strawberry anemones. With permission from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Turtle Bay’s Aquarist, Kyle Willard, visited the coast to collect these animals himself.
The exhibit occupies one of Turtle Bay’s 800-gallon tanks, where the Sacramento Perch used to be housed, across from the River exhibit. Guests are encouraged to, literally, watch the exhibit grow, as animals are added and they grow up; most of the current animals are quite young. In the future, guests can expect to see eels, crabs, shrimp, and other fish, like rockfish, to live in the exhibit as well.
While the Northern California Rocky Shore does not represent the Sacramento River in our area, it does help to complete the story of the salmon life cycle, which is what prompted the change. The salmon are an important part of the North State’s ecosystem, but the Salmon only spend a very small percentage of their lives in the Sacramento River. After hatching, the salmon head down the river to the Delta in San Francisco and then out into the ocean, where they spend the next three to four years. They then make the journey back up the river to spawn, at which time their lives come to an end.
The new exhibit demonstrates the area in which the salmon pass through on their way to the ocean. As they leave the river and enter the Bay they proceed through the rocky shore and the kelp gardens where thousands of marine life make their homes.
The exhibit is viewable for guests now. Visit turtlebay.org for Park hours and more information.
About Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a fun, non-profit 300-acre gathering place featuring the Sundial Bridge, a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens. At the gateway to the Sacramento River Trails, Turtle Bay celebrates far Northern California as part of the world we share.
Mission: To inspire wonder, exploration, and appreciation of our world.
Vision: We envision Turtle Bay Exploration Park as a vibrant gathering place where our community is strengthened through education, cultural engagement and economic growth.
– Press Release