Discover the Wonders of the Ocean at Monterey Bay Aquarium

On October 20, 1984, the fish came back to Monterey's historic Cannery Row.

They came back in style, too, as the stars of the world-acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium. Today, more than 35,000 creatures representing over 550 species fill 34 major galleries. With nearly 200 exhibits in all, the Aquarium is a showcase for the habitats and sea life of one of the world's richest marine regions.

The Open Sea: Out to sea and on the go - life's in constant motion in the open ocean. Welcome to the Aquarium's largest exhibit, a place where tuna and sharks speed past, sardines swim in huge, glittering schools, and sea turtles swim lazily across the 90-foot window. Nearby, colorful puffins await their next meal, and brilliant jellies pulse through the water.

Monterey Bay Habitats: Explore the waters of Monterey Bay, where sharks and sturgeon glide through the deep reef, 200-pound giant sea bass lumber among the reef pilings and flatfish nestle in the sandy seafloor. This hourglass-shaped exhibit is over 90 feet long, and highlights five different habitats beneath the bay and the amazing creatures that live there. Investigate the Sandy Shore and Aviary exhibits, where long-legged birds ply the sands and flounders lie flat to keep from being found.

Kelp Forest: Discover an underwater forest - at 28 feet, the Kelp Forest is one of the tallest Aquarium exhibits in the world. Get a divers-eye view of sardines, leopard sharks, wolf-eels and a host of other fishes as they weave through swaying fronds of kelp.

Sea Otters: Enjoy the antics of our playful southern sea otters as they romp, tumble and wrestle like they do in the wild. On the second floor of the exhibit you can watch them swim at the surface, while first-floor windows offer an underwater view of their lively acrobatics.

¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge (opens March 19): Visitors can explore an amazing array of tropical fishes and invertebrates and several iconic desert animals (a first for the Aquarium) that live in Baja's arid deserts, lush mangrove forests and vibrant coral reefs.

Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes (ongoing): Journey to a world of undersea magicians, masters of disguise and quick-change artists in this breakthrough special exhibition. Tentacles is the largest, most diverse living showcase for these amazing animals. You won't believe your eyes.

Splash Zone and Penguins: Discover a place where families can explore the ocean together. With over 45 interactive exhibits in English and Spanish, you can dive into a kelp forest, visit a coral reef kingdom or explore a rocky shore. Lionfish, giant clams, and penguins call these places home. Meet them in their magical worlds.


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