With tanks and exhibits featuring jellyfish, octopus, abalone and sharks, the Avila Beach Sea Life Center will give members of the public a more intimate look at sea life on the Central Coast.
The center, which had its grand opening Saturday, started as the Avila Beach/Port San Luis Marine Institute in 1998 to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students.
Now, a 1,500-square-foot exhibit will allow community members to learn about Avila’s history and rich marine life, said Executive Director Priscilla Kiessig.
The center will also have classes, workshops, tours, and a summer camp, which starts June 14.
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For more information about the center, go to www.sealifecenter.org.
— Cynthia Lambert