Aquarium of the Bay

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Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco
San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Coordinates 37°48′32″N 122°24′33″W / 37.8087548°N 122.4092956°W / 37.8087548; -122.4092956Coordinates: 37°48′32″N 122°24′33″W / 37.8087548°N 122.4092956°W / 37.8087548; -122.4092956
Land area 65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2)[1]
Total volume of tanks 700,000 US gal (2,600,000 l)[1]
Annual visitors 600,000[1]
Memberships AZA[2]

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 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:[3]

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.



  1. ^ a b c "About Aquarium of the Bay". Aquarium of the Bay. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "List of Accredited Zoos and Aquariums". AZA. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Plan a Visit". Aquarium of the Bay. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 

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