How are you celebrating World Oceans Day? Pack up your ocean-themed pajamas and join us for a sleepover next to your favorite fishes!
This #ThrowbackThursday, can you guess what we were building here? Hint: it’s not a boat or a blimp…it’s an exhibit! We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary this year. Help us create incredible exhibits for another 30 years!
Now there’s one way to handle the summer heat! Show your love of whales and support ocean conservation at the same time with a Whale Tail license plate—funds help support ocean education, beach cleanups and habitat restoration!
(Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises)
Planning your visit to the Aquarium? Now you can preview our beautiful exhibits and expansive galleries in Google Maps Street View!
We’re the first aquarium on the iconic site with both interior and exterior images. We join other prominent natural wonders, architectural landmarks and museums around the world featured in Street View. Other notable collections include the White House, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, the Gálapagos Islands, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Diego Zoo.
As with the other collections, our beautiful galleries appear in 360-degree splendor. While exploring the virtual Aquarium, see if you can spot a diver in the signature Kelp Forest exhibit, and peek at shorebirds in the Aviary, marvel at a swirl of thousands of sardines in the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit, see waves crashing off decks overlooking Monterey Bay, and more.
Google Maps’ Street View team mapped the Aquarium in May 2013, using the Google Trolley to map the inside, and the Google Trekker outside.
Start your virtual tour inside our galleries! (Toggle between floors using the “elevator” numbered boxes on right.)
Check out the views from our back deck
Hello from Oregon!
Remember otter 649, the rescued male sea otter pup that was on exhibit for several months with companion otter, Gidget? We’re happy to announce he has a new name and a new home the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The orphaned pup was transported via private plane from Monterey to his new home in Newport, Oregon.
He was the 649th stranded otter to be brought into our sea otter program since 1984 and was only the sixth pup ever to go on exhibit.
Oswald had a furry companion on the plane, Juno— a female sea otter who stranded two months after Oswald and was also rescued and rehabilitated by our sea otter staff. Unlike 649 who was reared on exhibit, Juno was raised behind the scenes with surrogate mother Ivy. Our veterinarian, Dr. Mike Murray, and a mammalogist, escorted the two otters on the flight north. Juno’s found a new home at the Oregon Zoo, where animal caregivers look forward to introducing the youngster to their two resident adult sea otters. Both Oswald and Juno will make their public debuts this summer.
We partner with Association of Zoos and Aquariums facilities across the country, like Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon Zoo, to find good homes for sea otters that can’t be released back to the wild.
Rearing animals like Oswald and Juno for lives at other homes when they aren’t candidates for release to the wild is helping the overall California sea otter population. Today, 36 rescued pups reared by surrogates in Monterey inspire millions of visitors at a dozen top aquariums and zoos in North America. Our resident sea otters and their predecessors have also raised dozens of pups that are back in the wild and having babies of their own.
Curious which otters are in the Sea Otter Exhibit now? Find out on our live web cam.
We’ve got disco fever! Find out how our electric flame scallops are putting on nonstop light shows in the Splash Zone!
We found Pearl! The flapjack octopus is a rarely observed, deep-sea species, but you may know it better as the inspiration for the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and it’s on exhibit now in our Tentacles special exhibition.
Looking for the perfect summer adventure? Explore the Galapagos Islands, taste your way through Napa Valley or bring the whole family to dive in our Great Tidepool! There’s something to excite everyone in our Cooking for Solutions Auction. Proceeds support our Seafood Watch program.
Place your bid now
How do we exhibit animals that live fast, die young, sneak around mostly at night and are canny with camouflage? Check out this article about the “superheroes” in our new Tentacles exhibit in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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(Russell Yip, The Chronicle)
Were you there? Our Cooking for Solutions Gala was a huge success, with celebrity chefs and delicious fare, all in the cause of sustainability and a healthy planet. The festivities continue today and tomorrow!