Did you know you can enter once each day to win tickets to our “Party with Alton Brown” sweepstakes? You could also win a weekly gift package. It’s all part of our Cooking for Solutions event, May 16-18, celebrating sustainable foods and healthy oceans. 
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Did you know you can enter once each day to win tickets to our “Party with Alton Brown” sweepstakes? You could also win a weekly gift package. It’s all part of our Cooking for Solutions event, May 16-18, celebrating sustainable foods and healthy oceans.

Enter now

Need a new computer or mobile phone wallpaper to get your week started right? Just relax. We’re here for you.
Find the right one for your device

Need a new computer or mobile phone wallpaper to get your week started right? Just relax. We’re here for you.

Find the right one for your device

Weird, squishy, tiny, huge, secretive and generally awesome: Listen to our aquarists talk about the animals in our forthcoming special exhibition, “Tentacles, the Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”. Opens April 12! 

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Did you know you can go diving from your desk? Our live HD Kelp Cam offers multiple views of our famed Kelp Forest exhibit. The views change randomly every minute except when there is a feeding show.
Check it out!
©Erik Teetzel 

Did you know you can go diving from your desk? Our live HD Kelp Cam offers multiple views of our famed Kelp Forest exhibit. The views change randomly every minute except when there is a feeding show.

Check it out!

©Erik Teetzel 

What’s your guess? It’s a tradition with our staff to predict the day when the first pigeon guillemots will arrive and nest under our decks, traditionally between Feb. 21 and March 1. We’ll let you know when we see them! 
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What’s your guess? It’s a tradition with our staff to predict the day when the first pigeon guillemots will arrive and nest under our decks, traditionally between Feb. 21 and March 1. We’ll let you know when we see them! 

Learn more 

Could this be the loneliest humpback? Our expert whale spotters are still seeing a solitary humpback whale circulating in the bay, while most of its brethren have moved through, heading south to their winter calving grounds! 
Learn more about whale watching in Monterey Bay
(Dan Albro photo)

Could this be the loneliest humpback? Our expert whale spotters are still seeing a solitary humpback whale circulating in the bay, while most of its brethren have moved through, heading south to their winter calving grounds! 

Learn more about whale watching in Monterey Bay

(Dan Albro photo)

Feeling sheepish? We’d love your creative caption for this photo of Maq, our African blackfooted penguin chick who hatched last March.
Watch them live
Learn more about African blackfooted penguins and the dangers they face in the wild
Thanks to penguin keeper Monika Rohrer for the great shot!

Feeling sheepish? We’d love your creative caption for this photo of Maq, our African blackfooted penguin chick who hatched last March.

Watch them live

Learn more about African blackfooted penguins and the dangers they face in the wild

Thanks to penguin keeper Monika Rohrer for the great shot!

Need something relaxing? Check out this new video of our beautiful crown jellies. You can see them now in “The Jellies Experience”!

Learn more about crown jellies 

Win Tickets to “The Party with Alton Brown”
Enter to win tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “The Party with Alton Brown” sweepstakes, through Feb. 28. You could land one of two pairs of tickets to the new Cooking for Solutions event everyone’s talking about! This decadent dessert-focused fête on Saturday, May 17, is perfect for late-night party lovers. Meet special guest host Alton Brown, who will be on hand to sign books throughout the evening. Enjoy music, sweets, savory surprises, signature cocktails and more. (You must be 21 or older to enter and attend.) 
Bonus: Based on entries received each week, we’ll select one weekly winner to receive a gift package filled with some surprisingly delightful goodies!
Enter now

Win Tickets to “The Party with Alton Brown”

Enter to win tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “The Party with Alton Brown” sweepstakes, through Feb. 28. You could land one of two pairs of tickets to the new Cooking for Solutions event everyone’s talking about! This decadent dessert-focused fête on Saturday, May 17, is perfect for late-night party lovers. Meet special guest host Alton Brown, who will be on hand to sign books throughout the evening. Enjoy music, sweets, savory surprises, signature cocktails and more. (You must be 21 or older to enter and attend.) 

Bonus: Based on entries received each week, we’ll select one weekly winner to receive a gift package filled with some surprisingly delightful goodies!

Enter now

Gray whale traffic jam? It’s a nice problem to have! Our expert spotters say it’s that special time of year when the first gray whales are returning from their southern calving grounds, heading north; while others are still heading south. Thankfully, no collisions reported!
Plan your visit to Monterey
(Laura Francis NOAA)

Gray whale traffic jam? It’s a nice problem to have! Our expert spotters say it’s that special time of year when the first gray whales are returning from their southern calving grounds, heading north; while others are still heading south. Thankfully, no collisions reported!

Plan your visit to Monterey

(Laura Francis NOAA)

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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.