Have weekend plans? Join us October 19 as we celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions at Fiesta del Mar! This 10th annual event will include live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and moreLearn more

Have weekend plans? Join us October 19 as we celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions at Fiesta del Mar! This 10th annual event will include live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more

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What’s life like behind the scenes of our sea otter program? Our exhibit otters are carefully introduced to stranded pups, and teach them how to groom and eat crab without being bitten. Hopefully the pups learn well, as these skills will be critical for survival in the wild!

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Love eating seafood? As you celebrate National Seafood Month, our Seafood Watch guides can help you make sustainable choices for healthy oceans—and humans. Find out why in our latest podcast!

How many colors can you count on this kaleidoscopic bigfin reef squid? Like many cephalopods, they shift colors to attract mates or intimidate competition. You’ll never see the same pattern twice! Learn more

How many colors can you count on this kaleidoscopic bigfin reef squid? Like many cephalopods, they shift colors to attract mates or intimidate competition. You’ll never see the same pattern twice!

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#ThrowbackThursday: Kelp Forest, Rocky Shore, Open Sea. Wonder why our exhibits are arranged by habitat? Local marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the inspiration for “Doc” in Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row,” championed the study of intertidal “zones,” an idea that influenced the design and layout of the Aquarium. Learn more about our history

#ThrowbackThursday: Kelp Forest, Rocky Shore, Open Sea. Wonder why our exhibits are arranged by habitat? Local marine biologist Ed Ricketts, the inspiration for “Doc” in Steinbeck’s “Cannery Row,” championed the study of intertidal “zones,” an idea that influenced the design and layout of the Aquarium.

Learn more about our history

My, what an ancient shell you have! The nautilus is a living link to the past—this cousin of the octopus hasn’t changed much in 150 million years. To control its buoyancy, the nautilus pumps fluids in and out its shell chambers, which are connected by tubes called “siphuncles.” Learn more 

My, what an ancient shell you have! The nautilus is a living link to the past—this cousin of the octopus hasn’t changed much in 150 million years. To control its buoyancy, the nautilus pumps fluids in and out its shell chambers, which are connected by tubes called “siphuncles.”

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It’s time for Fiesta del Mar! Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions with us Sunday, October 19. The day will include live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more! Plan your visit

It’s time for Fiesta del Mar! Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions with us Sunday, October 19. The day will include live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more!

Plan your visit

Wave your tentacles in the air! Cephalopod Awareness Days start today, October 8. Meet many-armed denizens of the deep in our Tentacles exhibition—and try to count all the suckers on our giant Pacific octopus! Learn more (Photo: Charlene Boarts) 

Wave your tentacles in the air! Cephalopod Awareness Days start today, October 8. Meet many-armed denizens of the deep in our Tentacles exhibition—and try to count all the suckers on our giant Pacific octopus!

Learn more

(Photo: Charlene Boarts) 

Vote for our Top Chef Duels Competitor and Help Seafood Watch!

Chef Richard Blais—a Seafood Watch Celebrity Chef Ambassador and Cooking for Solutions participant—is a finalist in Top Chef Duels on the Bravo channel. You can vote to support him—and help the Aquarium win another $5,000 for our Seafood Watch program!

Chef Richard Blais competes in the finale on Wednesday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Voting for Chef Richard will remain open until Wednesday, October 15 at 4 p.m. ET. 

How you can vote:

Vote for Chef Richard at bravotv.com/vote – or by texting “RICHARD” to 27286 (BRAVO). Vote early/vote often! If he’s the top vote-getter, the Aquarium earns $5,000 to support our work promoting ocean-friendly seafood, and healthy and productive oceans.

How else you can help:

Share the story! Get the word out to your friends and followers through your social channels by re-posting this blog, sharing on Facebook and tweeting to your followers.

We have the best chef on our side. Now we need to help him win (again)!

Have you seen it? A young great white shark was spotted in Monterey Harbor! Juvenile white sharks are typically found along southern California and Mexico—but warmer fall waters sometimes draw unusual guests into our bay.

Watch staffer Patrick Webster’s video of this beautiful animal

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.