Have you seen them? Iridescent pelagic cormorants are nesting below our decks. Watch these diving birds swoop and plunge for seaweed nesting material and fishy snacks for their chicks. Thanks to member Gene Barclift for these fun #FanFriday photos!

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Happy #Friday! There’s nothing common about this cuttlefish: the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis)  uses its skin to communicate—flashing stripes and patches of color convey threats or courtship messages. We’ve raised generations of them at the Aquarium.

On exhibit in Tentacles!

Pigs in an Aquarium? This old #ThrowbackThursday video may seem like it’s from Monty Python, but it’s a very real trip into our pump house to meet the “pigs” that keep our seawater pipes clean.

Last chance! Share your love of #MBATentacles on Instagram or Twitter and you could win one of eight packs of eight tickets to the Aquarium! Sweepstakes ends Friday. 

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Singing sardines and repurposed puppets? Learn all about our summer musical performance “Think Big!” in our latest podcast.

Jump for joy! It’s humpback whale season and we’re seeing these graceful giants from our decks every week. Did you know you can use your phone to get updates on animal sightings and special exhibit feedings during your visit? Ask about our text alert program when you arrive. (Photo: Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises)

Jump for joy! It’s humpback whale season and we’re seeing these graceful giants from our decks every week. Did you know you can use your phone to get updates on animal sightings and special exhibit feedings during your visit? Ask about our text alert program when you arrive. 

(Photo: Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises)

Have our eight-armed animals captured your imagination? Check out these submissions to our #MBAtentacles sweeps and share your own on Instagram or Twitter—you could win! 

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Have you seen it? The full version of the award-winning PBS Nature film “Saving Otter 501” is back online!  You’ll be spellbound by the story of the Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphaned sea otter. Watch nowLearn more about our sea otter program (Photo: Sea Studios Foundation)

Have you seen it? The full version of the award-winning PBS Nature film “Saving Otter 501” is back online!  You’ll be spellbound by the story of the Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphaned sea otter.

Watch now

Learn more about our sea otter program 

(Photo: Sea Studios Foundation)

Curious about how scientists study the deep sea? Discover how the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute explores the largest habitat on earth at an Open House in Moss Landing July 19.

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(Photos: Kelly Lance (c) 2013 MBARI)

WATCH is a winner! Our “Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats” program just won a Noyce Foundation “Bright Lights” award—a national competition that recognizes select museums and science centers doing an outstanding job engaging with their local communities.

The decade-long science education collaboration between the Aquarium, Pajaro Valley Unified School District and the Watsonville community is one of only seven winners nationwide. How well does it work? One clue: Aquarium visitation by Latinos is up 70 percent since 2009 due in part to WATCH and other education initiatives.

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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.