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Los Gatos, California
March 12, 2006
From journal Monterery Getaway
Redondo Beach, California
September 11, 2005
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is arguably the best aquarium in the U.S. (given I’ve not gone to any aquariums outside the U.S.). I’ve been to some very nice aquariums, including my local Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, but the Monterey Aquarium tops the list. Its primary focus, including the large pelagic tank (home to the recently released – unfortunately, a day or two before our visit – juvenile female great white shark – kudos to the aquarium and veterinary staff for keeping her healthy), is the local Pacific waters.
One particularly nice exhibit for those unfortunate souls who don’t dive was a series of tanks showing what you would hope to see on a dive in the Monterey Bay.
Other exhibits include a gorgeous display of jellies and inspired-by-jellies artwork; the aforementioned pelagic tank was just mesmerizing, as we watched huge tunas and dolphin fish, as well as rays and hammerheads, the ever-popular sea otters, and so many educational stops for obviously gleeful and inspired kids it gives you hope in the future for the environment. They’ve also set up webcams so you can watch some of your favorite tanks/critters.
Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the seafood watch list –-a trifold card to carry in your wallet so you know which fish are environmentally good to eat.
The giftshop is worth a stop because of the huge book selection, ranging from local information, the animals themselves, oceanography, and general environmental texts, as well as the nice selection of shirts, trinkets, postcards/notecards, and more. Profits go to support the aquarium.
From journal Weekend in Monterey
New York, New York
August 28, 2005
Rarely seen jellyfish were eerily floating in large wall-mounted aquariums,
suspended in a way that was haunting and memorable. There were also towering
three-story aquariums that allowed all of us to see the sea turtles, sharks,
and barracudas as if we were diving with them. Sea otters were putting on a
show for the children in a two-story exhibit. There was also a splash zone
where the water would come in waves on glass ceilings above our heads.
From journal Doing the Bay the Right Way
April 4, 2005
Open 10am to 6pm; on holidays they open at 9:30am. Re-entry allowed on same day.
Bring in food, as you can eat outside.
From journal The Couple does Monterey
October 4, 2004
The Aquarium is located on the edge of Monterey Bay on the central coast of California in the town of Monterey. The street it sits on is Cannery Row, made famous by the world-renowned author, John Steinbeck. It was formerly the site of a sardine canning factory and now, inside the aquarium, you can see some of the history and equipment they used.
Once inside the aquarium the exhibits are broken up into sections with the downstairs area hosting two fascinating exhibits - Jellies in Art and the newest exhibit, Sharks Myth and Mystery.
The Jellies in Art exhibit has a combination of pieces of art ranging from fabulous hand-blown, glass anemones by Dale Chihuly, to realistic glass jellyfish to abstract paintings interspersed with real life jellies (aka jellyfish).
The Sharks exhibit is really well done. As you walk through the exhibit, you also walk past tanks of sharks and cultural exhibits from various parts of the world and interactive displays such as movies, ancient masks, storytelling, and even shark rubbings and paper hat making for kids. There is something for all ages here, and it is truly a beautiful exhibit of sharks and rays that explores their roles in various cultures and myths and mysteries that surround them.
The main part of the aquarium hosts many types of sea life, with some of my favorites being the giant tuna tank (the outer reef tank), which, as of today, hosts the world’s longest-living great white shark in captivity. She looks just like a mini-Jaws.
I also like the giant rust colored jelly tanks, which are mesmerizing to stand and watch. The otter tank is also a must see to observe these cute and playful creatures frolic about. And last but not least is the large kelp tank that hosts a variety of fish that seem to be suspended, just gently floating, rising and falling with the motion of the waves.
The gift shops at the aquarium are also really neat with something for everyone.
Even the food at the cafe is reasonably priced with many nutritious meals for everyone.
If you haven't been -- GO!!!
From journal Central California Coast Weekend
May 7, 2004
We found the sea otters to be our favorites. Watch them eat ice. It's adorable! Also, when you venture in, there is a rectangular box further down the hall that houses little itty-bitty sea creatures. There is usually a volunteer standing there, in our case a fascinating woman. She knew so much about these creatures and showed us so many things we didn't even realize were alive. We could've watched and listened to her all day. Ask her some questions and have her point out the various sponges, coral, etc. You, too, will be left in awe.
From journal Great Budget Accommodations
March 3, 2004
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
The Outer Bay Tank has many creatures found in Monterey's outer bay is very huge. Just the tank and glass are impressive, not to mention the creatures that swim in the tank. You can see sunfish, sea turtles, and tuna. It's really amazing. Also don't miss seeing the penguins, and sea otters.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a major local attraction and is a must see for the area.
From journal Monterey / Salinas CA - Steinbeck Country
December 19, 2002
From journal monterey - Steinbeck country
by rock hopper
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
October 14, 2002
It's worth allowing a whole day to wander round, although the cafe there is expensive, so take your own lunch. Free shuttle buses run from the transit plaza every 10 minute or so in the summer and drop you off right outside. The first must see is the sea otters, really amazing animals, try and catch them at feeding time, it's highly entertaining.
Other highlights (but by no means all) are the outer bay exhibit and the kelp forest tank - massive tuna whizzing around, sharks, and an elusive but incredible sunfish. The jellyfish exhibit is just mindblowing - so beautiful, very very well done. There are literally hundreds of other exhibits, full of fascinating/creepy/beautiful/just plain weird animals, and it's easy to lose track of the time here wandering about.
There's also a kids-zone too, and couple of interactive exhibits and shows. You can check out their website for some live views of the exhibits, and also prebook tickets to avoid the queues. Definitely recommended.
From journal Out of the Monterey Mist
Los Angeles, California
June 26, 2002
They have a great kids' area called "Flippers Flukes and Fun." It offers lots of activities and interaction.
They have an outdoor area where you can look at the Pacific Ocean. If you're lucky, you'll catch a few sea lions sunning themselves and the rocks below and if you're really lucky, you may see a whale or two as they make their way up the coast during their migration.
If you haven't already figured it out, my favorite exhibit is the two-story Otter area. They're so cute and adorable, so playful. I could watch them all day long.
To see more about the Aquarium and to view their Bay Cam, go to: www.mbayaq.org.
From journal Do you know the way to Monterey?