Fancy yourself a fast swimmer? Bluefin tuna speed across the Pacific Ocean in three weeks! But there’s one thing they can’t out-swim: overfishing. Learn how we’re studying and helping save these athletic animals

Fancy yourself a fast swimmer? Bluefin tuna speed across the Pacific Ocean in three weeks! But there’s one thing they can’t out-swim: overfishing.

Learn how we’re studying and helping save these athletic animals

And the World’s Best Aquarium is? Us! That’s according to the new TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award for Zoos and Aquariums around the world. The honor is based on “millions” of reviews, so allow us to say thanks—to you, our visitors!Learn more 

And the World’s Best Aquarium is? Us! That’s according to the new TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award for Zoos and Aquariums around the world. The honor is based on “millions” of reviews, so allow us to say thanks—to you, our visitors!

Learn more 

Shimmering, sleek and speedy! Schooling anchovies find safety in numbers—can you keep track of just one fish without getting mesmerized?Watch them with our live Kelp Forest cam

Shimmering, sleek and speedy! Schooling anchovies find safety in numbers—can you keep track of just one fish without getting mesmerized?

Watch them with our live Kelp Forest cam

Have you seen them? With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our decks. Awkward on land, they’re sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal. Learn more(Photo: Gene Barclift)

Have you seen them? With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our decks. Awkward on land, they’re sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal. 

Learn more

(Photo: Gene Barclift)

It’s Get into Your Sanctuary Day! We hope you get a chance to visit the amazing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and celebrate healthy oceans. Established in ‘92, it’s  home to an amazing variety of whales, dolphins and other sea life. We’re so lucky to have it!#VisitSanctuaries

It’s Get into Your Sanctuary Day! We hope you get a chance to visit the amazing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and celebrate healthy oceans. Established in ‘92, it’s  home to an amazing variety of whales, dolphins and other sea life. We’re so lucky to have it!

#VisitSanctuaries

What’s the best Aquarium in the U.S.? We’d love your support! You can vote once per day in the USA Today 10 Best Aquarium Travel Awards.Vote now!

What’s the best Aquarium in the U.S.? We’d love your support! You can vote once per day in the USA Today 10 Best Aquarium Travel Awards.

Vote now!

Raising awareness, one image at a time

We know that beautiful images can move people in profound ways to act on behalf of animals.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to inspire people to protect wild animals by taking studio portraits of their kin at zoos and aquariums for his Photo Ark project.

The stark black and white backgrounds equalize the animals’ importance, whether the largest elephant or the smallest insect.

"By isolating animals on black and white backgrounds, we can look them directly in the eye and quickly see that these creatures contain beauty, grace and intelligence. Perhaps some even hold the key to our very salvation," Joel says.

At the Aquarium

We had the honor of hosting Joel recently for two fun and frenetic days as he photographed birds, fish, cephalopods and invertebrates. Joel’s hardworking staff is busy processing thousands of images he shot here and elsewhere, but we’ll soon share more of ours — plus what it’s like to work with Joel, a dozen aquarists, two other photographers and 30 critters parading in and out of one room.

In the meantime please support Joel by liking his Facebook page. To date Joel has documented nearly 4,000 animals for the Photo Ark and won’t stop until he gets them all — and you can help!

Now THAT’S something you could wear with pride! This belt buckle was given to Rudolph and Sletten employees—the contractors who built the Aquarium—in 1983. We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary every #ThrowbackThursday.Won’t you help us reach another 30 years?  

Now THAT’S something you could wear with pride! This belt buckle was given to Rudolph and Sletten employees—the contractors who built the Aquarium—in 1983. We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary every #ThrowbackThursday.

Won’t you help us reach another 30 years?  

World’s best mom? Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute observed this deep-sea octopus brooding eggs for over four years—longer than any known animal. Watch this extreme parenting in action!

Have you gotten “into” the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Here’s just one more reason: celebrate Get Into Your Sanctuary Day this Saturday, August 2! Why not visit the beach, go whale watching, or (blush) visit the Aquarium?Get inspired to #VisitSanctuaries

Have you gotten “into” the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary? Here’s just one more reason: celebrate Get Into Your Sanctuary Day this Saturday, August 2! Why not visit the beach, go whale watching, or (blush) visit the Aquarium?

Get inspired to #VisitSanctuaries

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.