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The Long Beach Aquarium Got An Art Gallery and Delta Smelt Fish, Ya'll

The Aquarium of the Pacific's New Pacific Visions wing (Photo by Emily Elena Dugdale/LAist)
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Maybe it's been a while since you've been to an aquarium. Maybe it's been so long, in fact, that you're now kind of like, "meh, why would I even go to an aquarium."

We hear you, but now, hear us - there is a cool new thing at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach called the Pacific Visions wing. It's their first major expansion in 20 years -- it includes an immersive theater and a 2,800-square-foot art gallery in addition to new aquatic life - incorporating a display of the endangered Delta Smelt fish, whose numbers have declined more than 90 percent in the wild.

So if you're not excited about smelt fish, get excited about smelt fish.

Delta smelt fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific (Photo by Emily Elena Dugdale/LAist)
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A large part of Pacific Visions' focus will be on how people are affecting our sea-dwelling neighbors.

Some of the displays look like laser light shows:

And the theater features an immersive oceanic experience:

The new wing opens to the public on May 24.

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