Shimmering, sleek and speedy! Schooling anchovies find safety in numbers—can you keep track of just one fish without getting mesmerized?
Watch them with our live Kelp Forest cam
Have you seen them? With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our decks. Awkward on land, they’re sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal.
(Photo: Gene Barclift)
It’s Get into Your Sanctuary Day! We hope you get a chance to visit the amazing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and celebrate healthy oceans. Established in ‘92, it’s home to an amazing variety of whales, dolphins and other sea life. We’re so lucky to have it!
What’s the best Aquarium in the U.S.? We’d love your support! You can vote once per day in the USA Today 10 Best Aquarium Travel Awards.
Raising awareness, one image at a time
We know that beautiful images can move people in profound ways to act on behalf of animals.
The stark black and white backgrounds equalize the animals’ importance, whether the largest elephant or the smallest insect.
"By isolating animals on black and white backgrounds, we can look them directly in the eye and quickly see that these creatures contain beauty, grace and intelligence. Perhaps some even hold the key to our very salvation," Joel says.
At the Aquarium
We had the honor of hosting Joel recently for two fun and frenetic days as he photographed birds, fish, cephalopods and invertebrates. Joel’s hardworking staff is busy processing thousands of images he shot here and elsewhere, but we’ll soon share more of ours — plus what it’s like to work with Joel, a dozen aquarists, two other photographers and 30 critters parading in and out of one room.
In the meantime please support Joel by liking his Facebook page. To date Joel has documented nearly 4,000 animals for the Photo Ark and won’t stop until he gets them all — and you can help!
Now THAT’S something you could wear with pride! This belt buckle was given to Rudolph and Sletten employees—the contractors who built the Aquarium—in 1983. We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary every #ThrowbackThursday.
Won’t you help us reach another 30 years?
World’s best mom? Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute observed this deep-sea octopus brooding eggs for over four years—longer than any known animal. Watch this extreme parenting in action!
Have you gotten “into” the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Here’s just one more reason: celebrate Get Into Your Sanctuary Day this Saturday, August 2! Why not visit the beach, go whale watching, or (blush) visit the Aquarium?
Get inspired to #VisitSanctuaries
How do you display deep-sea cephalopods like this vampire squid? It takes a big ship, a lot of scientists, and a robot. Learn how we do it, with the help of our colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, in our latest podcast.
Humpbacks aren’t the only species enjoying a bountiful summer in the bay—leatherback turtles are also being seen on local whale watching trips. This great shot from Jodi Frediani shows one enjoying a delicious meal of jellies.
Did you know it’s our state marine reptile?