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Marvel at exotic marine life and the occasional scuba diver who forgot the way out.

Let’s dive into the vibrant, bubbly world of the Long Beach Aquarium, where the fish are curious, and the humans are, well, more so.


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Screw the News Photo — the interior of the Long Beach Aquarium, presenting it as a marine wonderland with the theme Fish Included…

The Lobsters Great Escape of Long Beach

In an event that has captured the imagination and hearts of Long Beach residents and marine enthusiasts nationwide, a group of lobsters staged a daring escape from the Long Beach Aquarium, in what has now been affectionately dubbed “The Great Escape: Lobsters of Long Beach.” The crustacean crew, seemingly unsatisfied with life behind glass, took advantage of a rare oversight in their tank’s maintenance to make a break for freedom.

The escape was first noticed by a bewildered aquarium staff early one morning, when they discovered the tank, usually teeming with lobsters, eerily empty. A hastily reviewed security footage revealed the ingenious escape plan: the lobsters had used the tank’s decorative pirate ship as a leverage point to lift the lid, a feat of strength and teamwork that has left experts astounded.

The city has been abuzz with search efforts and speculation about the whereabouts of these adventurous lobsters. Local seafood restaurants have pledged a temporary lobster-free menu out of respect (and perhaps, a bit of fear), while the Long Beach community has rallied, offering to volunteer in the search efforts to bring the escapees back safely.

This extraordinary tale of crustacean cunning has not only put a spotlight on the intelligence of marine life but has also sparked discussions about the living conditions of aquarium inhabitants. As the search continues, the lobsters of Long Beach remain at large, their fate as mysterious and intriguing as the depths of the ocean they yearn for.

The Long Beach Aquarium, a marine marvel…

In the heart of Long Beach, nestled between the pulsating rhythms of the city and the serene whispers of the Pacific, lies an underwater utopia that has long captured the imagination of both locals and visitors alike. The Long Beach Aquarium, a marine marvel that spans several city blocks (if you include the parking lot, which is often as hard to navigate as the Mariana Trench), is not your average aquarium. Here, the fish are included – a selling point boldly advertised, lest you worry you’d be staring at empty tanks.

Upon entering this aquatic wonderland, guests are greeted by the sight of exotic marine life that ranges from the majestic to the downright confused, particularly the scuba diver who took a wrong turn at the coral reef exhibit and has been part of the ecosystem ever since. Visitors often marvel at his adaptability, feeding him breadcrumbs and taking selfies with his fogged-up goggles.

The pièce de résistance of this marine odyssey is undoubtedly the “Great Escape: Lobsters of Long Beach” exhibit. This special display is not just an homage to the crustacean’s culinary appeal but a thrilling saga of shellfish shenanigans. The exhibit, inspired by true events that never really happened, showcases the daring midnight flit of Larry the Lobster and his band of briny brigands. Using nothing but a discarded plastic fork and the cover of darkness, they attempted to make a break for the freedom of the open sea, or at least the children’s touch pool.

The aquarium isn’t just about staring at fish, though. It’s an immersive experience that offers the chance to really get to know the aquatic inhabitants. The “Fish Whisperer” tour, led by a self-proclaimed marine psychologist, teaches visitors how to communicate with fish through interpretive dance. While skeptics claim it’s just a lot of flailing about, enthusiasts swear they’ve had deep, meaningful exchanges with a particularly introspective angelfish named Phil.

Screw the News Photo -- the interior of the Long Beach Aquarium, presenting it as a marine wonderland with the theme Fish I12
Screw the News Photo — the interior of the Long Beach Aquarium, presenting it as a marine wonderland with the theme Fish I12

Innovation doesn’t stop at interpretive dances; the aquarium also offers the “Shark Serenade” experience, where guests can attempt to soothe the savage beasts with nothing but the power of their own singing voices. The success rate is low, but the entertainment value is high, especially when the sharks join in with their hauntingly beautiful (and entirely fictional) harmonies.

But the true marvel of the Long Beach Aquarium is its sustainability efforts. The “Eco-Friendly Fish Fashion Show,” for instance, is a hit among the environmentally conscious. Here, sea creatures don avant-garde outfits made from ocean debris. While critics argue it’s just an excuse to dress up octopuses in old soda rings, the aquarium insists it’s a statement on recycling and conservation. The jellyfish in plastic bag couture is said to be particularly poignant.

Then there’s the “Aquatic Culinary Adventure,” a controversial yet popular program where guests can forage for their own seaweed salad right from the tanks. The motto here is, “If it’s green and underwater, it’s probably edible.” Nutritionists and marine biologists have their reservations, but it’s all the rage among the more adventurous foodies.

Of course, no visit to the aquarium is complete without stopping by the gift shop, aptly named “The Treasure Chest,” where the most sought-after item is a plush toy version of the lost scuba diver. Complete with detachable oxygen tank and a miniature map of the aquarium, it serves as both a cuddly souvenir and a cautionary tale.

Screw the News Photo -- showing a group of lobsters from The Great Escape Lobsters of Long Beach exhibit successfully ma11
Screw the News Photo — showing a group of lobsters from The Great Escape Lobsters of Long Beach exhibit successfully ma11

In the spirit of inclusivity, the Long Beach Aquarium has also pioneered the “Bring Your Own Fish” day, encouraging patrons to introduce their pet fish to the wonders of the marine world. The event has seen mixed results, with a notable incident involving a goldfish named Gerald who formed an unexpected bond with a gang of rebellious teenage seahorses.

As the sun sets on the Pacific, casting a golden glow over the aquarium, visitors depart with a greater appreciation for the ocean’s mysteries, a few extra Instagram followers, and occasionally, a mild case of seasickness from the immersive VR deep-sea diving experience. The Long Beach Aquarium remains a testament to human curiosity, our complex relationship with the marine world, and our unending quest to put googly eyes on everything underwater.

In conclusion, the Long Beach Aquarium is not just an attraction; it’s a cultural phenomenon that blurs the lines between education, entertainment, and outright absurdity. It’s a place where fish are friends, lobsters are escape artists, and humans are, invariably, the most peculiar creatures of all.


As we wrap up this whimsical journey through the Long Beach Aquarium, it’s important to remember that while the tales spun here may stretch the bounds of credibility, the love for our oceans and their inhabitants is entirely genuine. So, whether you’re there for the fish, the fashion, or the fables, the aquarium promises an unforgettable adventure – just don’t forget to wave goodbye to the scuba diver on your way out.

By Duke Ogden

Duke Ogden, a name synonymous with both the thrill of the surf and the art of storytelling, is a distinguished surfer and the esteemed editor behind the renowned Surfing.LA website. A dedicated waterman since his early days, Duke's passion for surfing ignited on the sun-drenched shores of Southern California.

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