55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
94118
415.379.8000
Regular Hours:

Daily

9:30 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:

Tuesday

8:30 – 9:30 am

Sunday

10:00 – 11:00 am
Closures
Notices

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 4/24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Academy’s rainforest exhibit will be closed 5/6–5/7 for routine maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 
Shark Lagoon Cam

Field Guide

Learn about the elsamobranchs (cartilaginous fish) and teleosts (bony fish) that call the reef lagoon home.


Scheduled Feedings

Meet the biologists of the Steinhart Aquarium who care for the sharks and rays and discover some of the facts behind the fiction. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30pm at the Reef Lagoon.


  • Blacktip reef shark

    Blacktip reef shark

    Carcharhinus melanopterus
    Status:
    Near threatened
    Diet:
    Small bony fishes, cephalopods, and crustaceans
    Reproduction:
    Viviparous
  • Cownose ray

    Cownose ray

    Rhinoptera javanica
    Status:
    Near threatened
    Diet:
    Clams, oysters, and other invertebrates
    Reproduction:
    Ovoviviparous
  • Honeycomb ray

    Honeycomb ray

    Himantura uarnak
    Status:
    Vulnerable
    Diet:
    Crabs, shrimps, bivalves, gastropods, worms, jellyfish, and bony fishes
    Reproduction:
    Ovoviviparous
  • Blue-spot stingray

    Blue-spot stingray

    Dasyatis kuhlii
    Status:
    Unknown (minimal population data available)
    Diet:
    Crabs, shrimps, and possibly other small prey
    Reproduction:
    Ovoviviparous
  • Mono

    Mono

    Monodactylus argenteus
    Status:
    Not yet assessed
    Diet:
    Plankton and detritus
    Reproduction:
    Broadcast spawners (males and females shed gametes into the water, where fertilization then occurs)
  • Bamboo shark

    Bamboo shark

    Chiloscyllium punctatum
    Status:
    Near threatened
    Diet:
    Shrimps, scallops, squid, and marine fish
    Reproduction:
    Oviparous
  • Longnose butterfly fish

    Longnose butterfly fish

    Forcipiger flavissimus
    Status:
    Least concern
    Diet:
    Wide variety of animal prey; prefers tube feet of echinoderms, pedicilaria of sea urchins, and polychaete tentacles
    Reproduction:
    Oviparous and form monogamous pairs for lifeā€”an unusual behavior in the fish world
  • Pompano fish

    Pompano

    Trachinotus sp.
    Status:
    Not yet assessed
    Diet:
    Small fishes and crustaceans
    Reproduction:
    Broadcast spawners
  • Doublesaddle butterflyfish

    Doublesaddle butterflyfish

    Chaetodon ulietensis
    Status:
    Least concern
    Diet:
    Coral polyps, zoobenthos, and zooplankton
    Reproduction:
    Oviparous broadcast spawners; usually found in groups but can also been seen in pairs
  • Convict tang fish

    Convict tang

    Acanthurus triostegus
    Status:
    Least concern
    Diet:
    Benthic algae
    Reproduction:
    Oviparous broadcast spawners; found in large groups (up to several hundred) that exhibit mass spawning behavior
  • Threadfin butterflyfish

    Threadfin butterflyfish

    Chaetodon auriga
    Status:
    Least concern
    Diet:
    Coral polyps, zoobenthos, and zooplankton
    Reproduction:
    Oviparous and form monogamous pairs for life

Protect the Sharks

Assembly Bill 376, passed 10/7/11, makes it unlawful for any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade, or distribute a shark fin in California. Sharks are the regulators of healthy marine ecosystems. Protecting the population of large, open-ocean sharks keeps the high seas healthy.
Academy scientists and others explain the severity of shark-finning and what is being done to fight back. Watch the video on Wired.com.

Live on Twitter

   

Share your thoughts on sharks, rays, etc. by tweeting with #CASsharkcam!

Sharks and Rays in HD

   

With our new high-definition webcam, you can spot every detail on the 18 species of sharks, rays, and bony fish living in our Shark Lagoon.

FAQ

   
  • When do the sharks and rays eat?

    Feeding times are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 pm PDT.

  • Why don’t I hear anything?

    At present, there is no microphone in the water or attached to presenters when they feed the fish.

  • Why is it dark?

    The fish may be sleeping. We dim and brighten our lights according to a schedule that best matches their natural habit. That may not correspond to the time zone where you are.

  • I’m seeing vertical color bars. Is the camera not working?

    There are occasions when the live webstream is disrupted. If you see a problem with our webcam, please email us at info@calacademy.org.

  • The webcam doesn’t work on my computer. What should I do?

    Try visiting the Academy’s Shark Lagoon Webcam on YouTube.

Live Webcams

   

African penguins

Dive into the colony

Watch African penguins swim, waddle and glide.

Pocket Penguins for Android & iPhone

Get a live view of our African penguin exhibit anywhere, anytime with Pocket Penguins. Now available for Android smartphones and iPhone!

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