I was not impressed by this aquarium. The exhibits were nice and informative and fish well taken care of. I was glad I didn't pay the full admission price. I expected a full aquarium like I had seen when I lived in Boston. That aquarium was impressive, this one was not.
Their 'shark lagoon' was a small sized pond with a dozen sharks in it and the lagoon was not developed at all into a interesting place to see the sharks in a natural environment.
The aquarium was mainly focused on the marine environment around northern and southern california. I felt the aquarium should have been called "Aquarium of the ocean off the coast of California" as it did not represent what was in the Pacific Ocean especially in the tropical Pacific Ocean area.
I will not go back again. The highlight of the trip was not the aquarium but the Border's bookstore across the street.