A beautiful blueprint? This #ThrowbackThursday concept drawing was sketched by Gene Takeshita in the 1970s—well before we opened in 1984. Some exhibits remain while others disappeared in development. Can you find your faves?

Love to ride? Meet the folks from Bureo Skateboards at Evenings by the Bay July 12!  The company makes cool-looking boards from recycled fishing nets, helping fight plastic pollution and promoting healthy oceans. See their presentations at 6 and 7 pm!  

Did you enjoy “Saving Otter 501” on PBS Nature last night? You can help our efforts to save the threatened southern sea otter and other ocean animals!Learn more about all our conservation efforts
Love our oceans? Join Save Our Shores and Bureo Skateboards for a beach clean up July 12 in Monterey! Learn more

Love our oceans? Join Save Our Shores and Bureo Skateboards for a beach clean up July 12 in Monterey!

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Have you entered our sweeps? These captivating cephalopod creations may inspire you! Share your love of #MBATentacles with photos, art and impressions and you could win.

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Tonight on PBS Nature: the Aquarium attempts its 501st sea otter rescue.Check local listingsLearn more about our sea otter program

Tonight on PBS Nature: the Aquarium attempts its 501st sea otter rescue.

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Learn more about our sea otter program


Visiting the Aquarium this summer? You’re likely to meet some of our Teen Conservation Leaders. As TCLs, students develop important job and life skills, build self-confidence and earn community service hours. You can’t miss their enthusiasm for our oceans!

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Is it a Fish? A Snake? A Jelly? Actually, it’s a Mimic Octopus—and We Have One on Exhibit in Tentacles!

Ever wish you could become someone else? The mimic octopus can. In less time than it takes to say “alter ego,” this curious cephalopod can become a venomous lion fish. Or a sea snake. Or a jelly.

“It will mimic these other animals when it’s threatened,” says Aquarist Chris Payne. “To become a snake, for instance, it will display black-and-white bands, extend two arms lengthwise and bury the other arms in the sand.”

In another favorite trick, it outspreads all its tentacles like a big prickly ball, to resemble the spines on a lion fish. Or it expands its mantle to look like a giant jelly. It all says one thing to a potential predator: Stay clear!

We’re one of the few aquariums to display this fascinating species (Thaumoctopus mimicus), which was only discovered in 1998, says Chris. Ours came from Japan, and is almost two feet from tip to tip. Its native habitat is sandy estuaries in the Indo-Pacific region.

Come find it if you can!


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Watch the mimic octopus become four different animals


Curious about some of the science behind our Tentacles exhibit? Peek inside the world of deep-sea research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Open House July 19! Learn more

Curious about some of the science behind our Tentacles exhibit? Peek inside the world of deep-sea research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Open House July 19!

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Join us a for a special member night: Picnic by the Bay July 10! Bring your own picnic  and enjoy dining on our ocean-front decks or inside the Aquarium in front of your favorite exhibit. Not a member? Join now! Learn more 

Join us a for a special member night: Picnic by the Bay July 10! Bring your own picnic  and enjoy dining on our ocean-front decks or inside the Aquarium in front of your favorite exhibit. Not a member? Join now!

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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.