What does it take to build a 3,700-square-foot exhibit featuring two-dozen species of octopuses, cuttlefish and squid? Just add water, right? Get the insider’s view of how we built Tentacles.

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Make a special connection with the ocean! Join us June 14 for a 30th Anniversary Celebration as we honor musician and ocean advocate Jack Johnson with the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award. Proceeds support our Children’s Education Fund to inspire future generations of ocean conservation leaders. Learn more and buy tickets

Make a special connection with the ocean! Join us June 14 for a 30th Anniversary Celebration as we honor musician and ocean advocate Jack Johnson with the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award. Proceeds support our Children’s Education Fund to inspire future generations of ocean conservation leaders.

Learn more and buy tickets

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! This Fall 1980 edition of our newsletter featured elegant algae of Monterey Bay, drawn by seaweed scientist, Aquarium founder and Executive Director Julie Packard. Learn more about giant kelp—the inspiration for our logo!

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! This Fall 1980 edition of our newsletter featured elegant algae of Monterey Bay, drawn by seaweed scientist, Aquarium founder and Executive Director Julie Packard.

Learn more about giant kelp—the inspiration for our logo!

Just a shell, you say? Get ready for the nautilus as you’ve never seen it before in this great video!  

Learn more about the chambered nautilus


Say what? From sarcastic fringeheads to carnivorous chitons, learn about some unusual animals with even weirder names. Get the scoop on our small and strange residents in our latest podcast.

It’s been a busy year for our staff and volunteers working with snowy plovers! So far we’ve received 23 abandoned eggs, and are caring for 10 chicks behind the scenes. We’re also celebrating the release of two plovers back to the wild—the first of the season!

We rescue and rehabilitate abandoned, threatened or damaged eggs and chicks. Since 2000 we’ve raised and released dozens of snowy plovers, outfitting them with leg bands to help track them in the wild. “We know that they’ve been seen reproducing, having eggs and chicks of their own,” says Aimee Greenebaum, associate curator of aviculture. “I feel like we’ve been really successful .”

Snowy plovers nest in shallow nooks in the sand, which means their sand-colored eggs are camouflaged from predators—but also easily damaged. You can help this threatened species: adults abandon their nests when approached, so keep dogs leashed and stay out of marked bird nesting areas. 

Learn more about our program

View snowy plovers on our live Aviary cam

Did you know that the Aquarium has provided free field trips to more than two million students since 1984? Teachers, signup now for your 2014-15 field trips! Schedule your field trip

Did you know that the Aquarium has provided free field trips to more than two million students since 1984? Teachers, signup now for your 2014-15 field trips! 

Schedule your field trip


Love the ocean? Celebrate the largest ecosystem on the planet with us for World Oceans Day! Enjoy live music, crafts and tastings, and help us honor healthy-ocean advocates. Plan your visit (Photo: Charlene Boarts)

Love the ocean? Celebrate the largest ecosystem on the planet with us for World Oceans Day! Enjoy live music, crafts and tastings, and help us honor healthy-ocean advocates.

Plan your visit

(Photo: Charlene Boarts)

How fast is a cephalopod? Some lumber along the seafloor, while others take off in a whoosh, using “jet propulsion.”

Learn more about our Tentacles exhibit


What runs on caffeine and works all night to help save our oceans? Coders and designers tackling fisheries challenges with innovative technology. Put your skills to use with a #Fishackathon at the Aquarium, with prizes for the best solutions. Learn more and register
(Photo: Greenpeace/Gavin Newman)

What runs on caffeine and works all night to help save our oceans? Coders and designers tackling fisheries challenges with innovative technology. Put your skills to use with a #Fishackathon at the Aquarium, with prizes for the best solutions.

Learn more and register

(Photo: Greenpeace/Gavin Newman)

About me

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.