Slippery, slimy, bumpy! Explore one of our two interactive touch tanks. These tanks are home to over 25 cold water invertebrates. See, touch and even feed animals found in our local tide pools, including: sea stars, bat stars, urchins, hermit crabs, kellet’s welk, a giant keyhole limpet and more. The touch tank offers visitors a fun hands-on and up-close experience with our local friends. Keep on the lookout for “Patrick” and “Ursula”, our resident short spined sea stars. Take the challenge to find them all!
Special thanks to the Honorable J.E.T. and Kit Rutter for providing continued support for our touch tanks. We would also like to acknowledge Michelle Claud-Clemente and to the City of Newport Beach Harbor Resources for providing information and resources to support our touch tank program.
New! Feeding Frenzy Wednesdays and Saturdays
Did you know a pink sea star eats live mussels and a sea hare Sea Slug enjoys algae? Come down and feed our sea creatures at 2pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You may be surprised by not only what they eat but how they eat.
Location: Ocean Literacy Touch Tanks
Dates: Every Wednesday and Saturday
Cost: Interactive demonstration is free with paid admission to the Ocean Literacy Center