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Journey to the Island of Yap: Stone Money, Massive Manta Rays, and More - AoP

  • Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA, 90802 United States (map)

Ken Kurtis

Aquarium volunteer diver Ken Kurtis will share his stories, photos, and videos from his nearly twenty years of annual travels to the Pacific island of Yap, located between Guam and Palau. Yap is perhaps best known for stone money, which is still used as currency for some purchases, but is also known for its enormous Pacific manta rays, with wingspans of up to 18 feet. Yap has a diverse underwater ecosystem with a healthy population of sharks and reef fish, and even has an area where the tiny mandarinfish mate every night. Kurtis has been an Aquarium volunteer since 1998. He is a dive team leader at the Aquarium and a National Association of Underwater Instructors SCUBA instructor.


$5 for public; FREE for Aquarium members, seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students with valid ID and advanced reservations.


You can purchase tickets online for this lecture.You will need to select the option from the menu, correct time, and date on the following pages. Seniors age 62 and up, teachers, and students attending for free can also reserve seats online.