March 2018

Join Shoreline Explorers on the last Thursday (29th) or Saturday (31st) of March at 11:15am for
Don't forget that you may join this program anytime and we will get you all of the materials that you may have missed.
Mommies & Guppies are in full swing. We spent January learning about anemones, lobsters, prawns, and barnacles and making an anemone craft to keep. Our February session will be Monday, February 5th from 10am - 12pm. Our spotlight animals for February will be FISH. Our craft will be a handprint fish to take home and our theme will be colors. 
Our schedule for the day will be:
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Aquarium free roam downstairs and fish craft upstairs
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Storytime, activity/game, and sing along upstairs
  • 11:00 - 11:30 Spotlight animal - presentation downstairs
  • 11:30 - 12:00 Aquarium free roam downstairs and fish craft upstairs
If you have a little guppy, please join us for a day of socializing and learning. The price is $6 for each guppy, plus one adult. CCA Members receive a 15% discount!
We hope to SEA you soon.

RSVP's preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Please email or call 805-595-7280 to save your spot!

School Programs
- Travis Norton, Director of Programs

Spring Break Camp registration is now open! This camp is for ages 5-8 and runs from  April 2nd-6th , with each day being a different marine theme. This year we have a single day option, so if you can't make it to the whole week you won't miss out on all the fun. Registration is online only, at  Eventbrite.  
This year we are giving single day options! So, enroll in one, or more, or all of the days!
Single, full day - $60
Single, half day - $40
There is limited availability so reserve your spot now before it fills up. 
805-595-7280 ext. 1006

Aquarist Corner
-Emily Sampson, Director of Husbandry

There are many species of rays found right here in our local waters, one of those being the Round Ray. Round rays (Urobatis halleri) get their name from - you guessed it - their round-shaped bodies! They prefer sandy or muddy habitats and can be found at depths anywhere from the intertidal to 50 feet down on average. As a true stingray, they give live birth and have a barb or stinger halfway down the base of their tail for defense.  

They spend a majority of their time on the ocean floor, buried underneath the sand or hunting for prey items that consist of crustaceans, mollusks and small fish. By quickly fluttering their fins and body over the sand, they can fully cover themselves for camouflage. Their tan, grey or brown coloration helps them blend in with the ocean floor, with some individuals being solid shades and some having a more mottled or spotted appearance. When buried, rays breathe through holes called spiracles, which are located on the top of their body right behind their eyes. This prevents them from taking in a huge mouthful of sand every time they take a breath! 

Come check out this beautiful ray in our sandy bottom exhibit during public hours!

Tara Kasarjian
Executive Director
Central Coast Aquarium