Putting on your finery for Mardi Gras? We are!

Putting on your finery for Mardi Gras? We are!

It’s international #WorldWildlifeDay! We encourage kids of all ages to visit an aquarium, zoo, national park, botanical garden or any other place that helps reconnect with other species. Let’s help raise awareness of the benefits that conservation provides to people worldwide!
Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/
(Chad King)

It’s international #WorldWildlifeDay! We encourage kids of all ages to visit an aquarium, zoo, national park, botanical garden or any other place that helps reconnect with other species. Let’s help raise awareness of the benefits that conservation provides to people worldwide!

Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/

(Chad King)

Do you love the Aquarium? Share the love by becoming one of our volunteer guides. Attend an informational meeting March 25 at 7 pm, or March 29 at 9 am, in our auditorium.
Learn more 

Do you love the Aquarium? Share the love by becoming one of our volunteer guides. Attend an informational meeting March 25 at 7 pm, or March 29 at 9 am, in our auditorium.

Learn more 

Wow! Drone captures amazing shots of whales and dolphins. Happy #Monday!

Check it out! Our new website launched this morning at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/. Besides the fresh new look, the site is faster, more mobile-friendly and has easy-to-use search. We welcome your feedback!

Check it out! Our new website launched this morning at http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/. Besides the fresh new look, the site is faster, more mobile-friendly and has easy-to-use search. We welcome your feedback!

There’s no way that octopus can get out of its enclosure! Or IS there? Get a glimpse into the life of an octopus wrangler in this new video highlighting our forthcoming “Tentacles” special exhibition.

Have you seen them? A pod of Risso’s dolphins has been circulating in the bay this week. In this amazing photo from Giancarlo Thomae, a mother pushes a newborn to the surface to take a breath. 

Have you seen them? A pod of Risso’s dolphins has been circulating in the bay this week. In this amazing photo from Giancarlo Thomae, a mother pushes a newborn to the surface to take a breath. 

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! It may not look like much, but this weathered building on Cannery Row played a huge role in the creation of the Aquarium. Can you describe its significance? Maybe today’s Google Doodle, celebrating Steinbeck’s birthday, can provide a clue!
Check out the Google Doodle
Learn more about our history

It’s #ThrowbackThursday! It may not look like much, but this weathered building on Cannery Row played a huge role in the creation of the Aquarium. Can you describe its significance? Maybe today’s Google Doodle, celebrating Steinbeck’s birthday, can provide a clue!

Check out the Google Doodle

Learn more about our history

Noticed a new otter on exhibit? Welcome back, Ivy! She joins rescued pup 649 and Gidget in our two-story display. Ivy—also known as Wild Child for her lively nature—was rescued near San Luis Obispo as a two-week-old pup in 2011.
Watch live
(Michael Yang)

Noticed a new otter on exhibit? Welcome back, Ivy! She joins rescued pup 649 and Gidget in our two-story display. Ivy—also known as Wild Child for her lively nature—was rescued near San Luis Obispo as a two-week-old pup in 2011.

Watch live

(Michael Yang)

Shedding Some (Natural) Light on Our New No-Flash Policy

Can you take great pictures without a flash? With the advent of our new “no-flash policy,” our guides and volunteers decided to find out. Check out these amazing shots, and decide for yourself!

About the Change

Why change our policy? We’ve always discouraged the use of camera flash in certain areas, but with the upcoming opening of our  ”Tentacles” special exhibition that will feature extremely light-sensitive animals, we’re applying this rule to the entire Aquarium.

And so, we ask that you turn off your flash when taking photographs inside. You’ll get better photos—and our animals and other visitors will thank you!

No-Flash Tips

While cameras have different ways of turning off the flash feature, it’s important to know how to operate yours. You’ll know you’ve turned off the flash when you see the universal symbol of a lightning bolt with a diagonal slash through it.

If your camera model uses a “focusing light”, please don’t use your camera inside.

Use your camera’s settings to “compensate” for low light where needed. Learn more.  

Favorite areas for family photos are on our decks (with good light and the bay in the background) or in front of our Aquarium logo at the main entrance. It’s okay to use flash in these areas if you need to.

Consider downloading the Monterey Bay Aquarium app on your iPhone. You can download and share excellent professional photos of your favorite Aquarium animals and exhibits. 

Photos are also available for purchase in our Gift & Bookstore.

And so, we’ll finish with your favorite double entendre, displayed prominently next to one of our most popular exhibits: “Please, don’t flash the octopus!”

Thanks to these staff and volunteers! Emily Simpson, Amy Jo, Katie Johnston and Doris Nishimoto

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.