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The location: The Monroe Aquarium
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
In Monroe, Louisiana.
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 9 ("Everything is Broken") of Season 3.
Hadley, Sookie's cousin, phones her and asks her to meet her at the aquarium.
When she does, Hadley warns Sookie that the vampires are after her, and confesses that the reason is that she (Hadley) is involved with the vampire Queen, Sophie-Ann, and had told her about Sookie's telepathic talents.
While there, Sookie meets Hadley's little boy, Hunter.
Hadley wants to know if Hunter is telepathic (like Sookie). So Sookie does a little mind-reading and is soon having a telepathic conversation with the child, confirming that he is indeed a fellow mind-reader.
revelation disturbs Hadley, who grabs the kid and bolts for the door. The
child, who has been keeping his talents secret from his mother, seems disturbed
that she now knows what he can do.
Q. What is it actually, in real life?
An actual aquarium (albeit a small one).
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. When most Los Angelenos think of an Aquarium today, they think of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific (where they filmed an episode of Dexter).
But this scene was shot at a smaller, older aquarium that many Angelenos have probably never heard of.
It's the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, in San Pedro, CA.
The Cabrillo Aquarium was established 75 years ago (in 1935) as little more than a collection of sea shells. Today, while not as big and glossy as the Long Beach aquarium, it has grown into a fairly nice little place, with tanks and numerous displays on sea life.
Their plans to grow into a major tourist attraction were cut short by the opening of the Long Beach Aquarium in 1998, and while the Cabrillo aquarium may look somewhat amateurish when compared to the newcomer, they only ask for a $5 donation for admission, compared to the $25 that the Long Beach aquarium will stick you. And only $1 for kids, reflecting its role as an educational institution, specializing in the marine life of Southern California.
The city of San Pedro is found near the Los Angeles harbor, at the south end of the Harbor Freeway. The aquarium itself can be tricky to find. It's located right on the beach (at Cabrillo Beach), between the Cabrillo Marina and the Cabrillo Pier. Despite its official address, it's really located on Shoshonean Road (rather than Stephen White Drive).
The beach just outside the aquarium (Cabrillo Beach) is widely known for its grunion runs. For those not familiar with the process, grunions are tiny fish that show up in droves, in the middle of the night, to spawn on the beach. They show up at predictable times, after the high tide around new moons & full moons - an occasion for some people to catch them (using only their hands).
The aquarium is open every day but Mondays and holidays, if you'd like to visit.
And here is a photo of the area in the aquarium where Sookie is seen talking to Hadley:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I visited this aquarium, years ago, so I was pretty sure that it was Cabrillo when I saw the scene.
But all I had to do was check the aquarium's website to find photos that matched perfectly to what we saw on True Blood.
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