Our Tide Touch Pool is a thrilling and interactive way to examine marine life up close. At 37 feet long and holding over 2,000 gallons of water, this just may be the largest aquarium touch pool you’ve ever encountered!

Hop up on the platform overlooking SeaTREK and dip two fingers below the water’s surface, grazing the smooth rubber-like skin of a passing whip ray. Peer over the edge and you’ll see that the Stingray Bay Touch Pool is also home to SeaTREK, an underwater ocean walking experience!

Notable species

Hepatus Tang

Hepatus Tang

(Paracanthurus hepatus)

This fish is important for coral health as it eats algae that may otherwise choke the coral by overgrowth.

Diet

Omnivorous. Feed on plankton, but will also graze on algae

Size

Up to 12 inches

Habitat

Clear water on exposed outer reef areas or in channels where there is consistent moderate to strong current

Range

Indo-Pacific. Seen in reefs of East Africa, Japan, Samoa, New Caledonia, and the Great Barrier Reef, Samoa, Florida, East Africa, and Sri Lanka

California Sea Cucumber

Giant California Sea Cucumber

(Parastichopus californicus)

Diet

Plankton and other organic matter

Size

Up to 1 foot 8 inches long

Habitat

Low intertidal zones

Range

Gulf of Alaska to Baja California

Chestnut-Cowrie

Chestnut Cowrie

(Neobernaya spadicea)

The opening in the shell has “teeth” which look like the mouth of a larger animal and acts as a deterrent to protect them from potential predators.

Diet

Algae, and occasionally sponges and corals

Size

Grow to 2 ½ inches

Habitat

Exposed rocky shores in the very low intertidal and subtidal zones. Found on overhanging rock ledges and on other somewhat sheltered rock surfaces.

Range

Deeper and colder waters of coastal California, from Monterey Bay to Baja and northern Mexico

Sea Stars

Sea Star

(Asteroidea)

Marine scientists have undertaken the difficult task of replacing the beloved starfish’s common name with sea star because, well, the starfish is not a fish. It’s an echinoderm, closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.

Diet

Microalgae, sponges, snails, and other small animals

Size

4.7 - 9.4 inches

Habitat

Tropical coral reefs, rocky shores, tidal pools, and kelp forests, even the deep-sea floor down to at least 6,000 m (20,000 ft)

Range

Sea star species inhabit all of the world's oceans

Nudibranch

Nudibranch

(Nudibranchia)

Nudibranchs have cephalic (head) tentacles, which are sensitive to touch, taste, and smell.

Diet

Sponges, sea slug eggs, and on some occasions, other nudibranchs

Size

0.16 to 23.62 inches

Habitat

Nudibranchs live at virtually all depths of salt water, though the greatest diversity of nudibranchs is seen in warm, shallow reefs

Range

Nudibranchs occur in seas worldwide, including both the tropics and Antarctica

SeaTrek Divers

SeaTREK Divers

(Homo sapiens)

Diet

Omnivorous

Size

Males average a height of 5 feet 6 inches, while females average 5 feet 2 inches

Habitat

Humans have adapted to virtually all climates through the use of modern technology

Range

Homo sapiens can be found worldwide