2015 Calendar Listing
Sep 09, 2014
MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM: Explore the wonders of our ocean planet in nearly 200 galleries and exhibits at the world’s best aquarium – honored on August 5, 2014 by TripAdvisor®. Highlights include a two-story exhibit of playful sea otters, a towering three-story kelp forest, the Ocean’s Edge galleries – an exploration of the coastal waters of Monterey Bay, and the Open Sea galleries – a new perspective on the vast, virtually unexplored waters of the open ocean. Highlights of the Ocean’s Edge galleries include touch pools, exhibits of large sharks and schooling fishes, a gallery devoted to the giant Pacific octopus, a walk-through wave crash tunnel, a naturalistic coastal wetlands gallery and shorebird aviary. The award-winning Splash Zone family galleries include exhibits of penguins and seahorses, a living coral reef, large touch pools, crawl-through coral and kelp forest exhibits, and over 45 bilingual interactive exhibits. Highlights of the Open Sea galleries include a million-gallon exhibit that’s home to sharks, tunas, sardines, ocean sunfish and more, an interactive wall devoted to plankton, and a gallery devoted to ocean travelers and the dangers they face – especially plastics pollution.
REMODELED “MISSION TO THE DEEP” EXHIBIT
Explore the deep sea in a virtual underwater world in the newly renovated “Mission to the Deep” exhibit. A 360-degree video projection of the Monterey Canyon immerses visitors into the ocean’s depths and sets the stage to learn about the valuable work of the aquarium’s partner institute, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. (Opens Spring 2015)
“TENTACLES” NEW SPECIAL EXHIBITION:
Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists at the aquarium’s newest special exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.” Brainy and beautiful, cephalopods change colors like a chameleon, have hard beaks like birds, three hearts, blue blood and suckers that won’t let go. Free with general admission. (Opened April 2014)
LAST CHANCE TO SEE “THE JELLIES EXPERIENCE” SPECIAL EXHIBITION:
Immersed yourself one last time in “The Jellies Experience” at the aquarium that pioneered the display of these wild creatures. The graceful, dancing drifters that pulse and glow, flash colorful lights and often pack a powerful sting are alive in all their psychedelic glory in this mind-blowing exhibition. Free with general admission. (Closes September 8, 2015)
NEW WILDLIFE VIEWING STATION; NEW BEHIND THE SCENES OTTER TOUR:
High-powered binoculars, a naturalist and a scoreboard ensure visitors take advantage of the aquarium’s greatest asset – Monterey Bay. A dozen species of seabirds, whales and dolphins, sea otters, sea lions and harbor seals can be spotted from the new Wildlife Viewing Station on the aquarium’s Great Tide Pool deck while expert interpreters answer questions and share tales about the animals. Watch from afar with the aquarium’s live web cam.
A new, 45-minute, behind-the-scenes Sea Otter Tour gives otter fans an insider's look at how researchers in the Sea Otter Program care for this threatened species. Participants also discover how ongoing sea otter research initiatives are helping this iconic species. ($15/person plus general admission, general public; $12/person, aquarium members)
ENHANCED AQUARIUM APP & TRIP PLANNING TOOLS:
The aquarium’s official iPhone app lets visitors create custom postcards and provides alerts for programs they won’t want to miss. Available free on the App Store, it offers instant access to nearly 100 stunning images of exhibit animals like sea otters, sharks and jellies that visitors can share on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail. Visitors can opt to receive text messages on their mobile devices to learn about the UFO’s, or Unscheduled Feeding Opportunities, that take place daily throughout the aquarium. Make trip planning to Monterey easy by visiting http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit and www.seemonterey.org.
High-def video programs screen daily in the aquarium’s 250-seat auditorium; all are included with admission. Topics include sea otters, the deep sea, great white sharks and man-made inventions inspired by ocean life.
All exhibits and programs except “Aquarium Adventures” included with aquarium admission: $39.95 adult; $34.95 senior (over 65) and student (with I.D.); $24.95 children; under 3 free. (Prices subject to change.) Located at 886 Cannery Row, Monterey. Hours vary by season; visit www.montereybayaquarium.org for more information or call (831) 648-4800. Advance tickets are available online at the aquarium’s website, www.montereybayaquarium.org; mobile website, www.montereybayaquarium.org/mobile; or by phone, 866-963-9645. Discounted tickets for members of the military and their families can be purchased in advance at many California and Nevada installations.