No Whales?

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by VanessaK on August 25, 2011

One day on my trip to San Francisco, Jennifer and I decided to drive south along state highway 1. We wanted to drive to Monterey, California and go to the aquarium. Ever since I was a kid I have loved aquariums and the water whether it is a lake, sea or ocean. When we arrived at the town of Monterey we drove straight to the pier and Cannery Row. We had to go shopping and walk along the wooden piers. It is such a beautiful place.
I have visited many aquariums throughout the years. I guess I was expecting something so grand with sharks and whales but I thought the aquarium was somewhat of a disappointment. They had one of the largest collections of jellyfish and they had a semi-great collection of local fish. Instead of the large display of sharks and whales I expected, there were a sad few sharks and no seals or whales. You would think that something so close to the Pacific Ocean would have more of the local sea life. Since that 2006 visit to the aquarium I have learned they have added many new and exciting exhibits including the Open Sea which shows a large tank with fish, sharks, and rays all swimming together. I wish they would have had that exhibit when we were there.

The children were running around and seemed to be having fun, but most of the adults looked extremely bored. For the outrageous price of $28 for an adult, it was a waste of our money and time. Now that they have added new exhibits I would give it another chance.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California, 93940
(831) 648-4888

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