The Monterey Bay Aquarium opened its doors in 1984 and sits in the former Hovden sardine Cannery Factory. The aquarium is home to more than 600 marine species and welcomes over 2,000,000 visitors annually. The aquarium is home to over 35,000 animals of different environments and habitats.
The aquarium gets its seawater cycled through from the nearby bay. There are a number of interactive exhibits such as the touch tank which allows for visitors to interact with marine life. The largest tank at the aquarium takes you right into the ocean floor of Monterey Bay.
The jellyfish exhibit shows an up close view of one of the ocean’s most fascinating species. These jellyfish come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Some jellyfish in the aquarium reach over 100 feet in length. Made up of more than 90% water, they have no bones, brains, teeth, blood or fins and are majestic to watch. The aquarium has several live cams which can be found on their YouTube channel throughout the day.
The aquarium is one of the largest employers in Monterey County. Along with their extensive efforts to help keep animals safe and rehabilitate, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has a mission to educate about ocean life and the Monterey Bay. Seafood watch was founded in 1999 in order to encourage sustainable fishing practices, prevent pollution and spread awareness. One wing of the aquarium is dedicated to those fighting to keep our oceans clean. The mission of the aquarium encourages others to take part in supporting Monterey Bay and the ocean at large.
This is an attraction which has fun for the whole family. The next time you are in the Monterey County area, you won’t want to miss this attraction.