Spellbound by sharks? It’s #SharkWeek—and we’ll be sharing stories about these majestic, mysterious animals. We have a dozen species of sharks, rays and skates—important ambassadors for ocean conservation. Which is your favorite? Check out our Animal Guide

Spellbound by sharks? It’s #SharkWeek—and we’ll be sharing stories about these majestic, mysterious animals. We have a dozen species of sharks, rays and skates—important ambassadors for ocean conservation. Which is your favorite?

Check out our Animal Guide

How do you catch dinner if you’re a slow-moving sea slug? You go after something that’s even slower! In this not-so-speedy skirmish, watch as a California sea slug captures a shaggy sea slug. Thanks to staffer Patrick Webster for the great video!

Could this be the best animal name ever? The “sarcastic fringehead” just loves life in a boot—watch it ambush an afternoon meal in this 12-second video. The fringehead is fiercely territorial, remaining close by its chosen rock crevice, empty shell—or whatever! 

Plan your visit


#ThrowbackThursday: A Ferris wheel for jellies? Over the last 30 years we’ve displayed dozens of delicate jelly species. Special tanks—called kreisels—create circular currents to keep jellies afloat and away from walls. Help us innovate and inspire for another 30 years

#ThrowbackThursday: A Ferris wheel for jellies? Over the last 30 years we’ve displayed dozens of delicate jelly species. Special tanks—called kreisels—create circular currents to keep jellies afloat and away from walls.

Help us innovate and inspire for another 30 years

Did you know that our popular pelagic rays come right over at feeding time? “They’re very charismatic,” says one aquarist, tossing them another shrimp. “They flip over on their backs and scoop the food in with their fins. It’s like playing ring toss at the carnival!” Watch them “fly” on our live cam

Did you know that our popular pelagic rays come right over at feeding time? “They’re very charismatic,” says one aquarist, tossing them another shrimp. “They flip over on their backs and scoop the food in with their fins. It’s like playing ring toss at the carnival!”

Watch them “fly” on our live cam


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 competing on Top Chef Duels on the Bravo channel. As on American Idol, you can vote to support him – and help the Aquarium win $5,000 for our Seafood Watch program!

Here’s how it works:

Each week Top Chef Duels will feature two chefs competing head to head. During the on-air broadcast, fans are asked to vote for the chef who most deserves to win. You’ll be prompted to go to Bravotv.com/vote or to text in your vote using the chef’s name. The chef with the most votes each week will earn a $5,000 donation for their chosen charity.

Chef Richard Blais competes tonight (August 6) at 10 p.m. ET. Voting for Chef Richard will remain open until Wednesday August 13 at 4 p.m. ET. Votes submitted after that will not be counted.

You can watch him challenge competitor Marcel Vigneron to a burger throwdown – and learn why he’s directing his charity contribution to support the Aquarium.

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 socially! Bravo’s social handles (including @Bravotv on Twitter and “Bravo” on Facebook) have posted a video featuring Chef Richard rallying for votes to support the Aquarium. 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!

Gone in one gulp! The tiny “by-the-wind-sailors” that have been appearing on area beaches also happen to be a favorite snack of the enormous ocean sunfish (Mola mola), which can grow to be the size of a small car! (photo by Jodi Frediani)

By-the-wind sailors (Velella velella) are actually hydroid polyps—jelly-like invertebrates.The “sail” helps propel the animal on its journey across the ocean. In late spring and early autumn, hundreds of thousands of these drifting sailors wash up on the beaches of Northern California. 

The velella stays on the surface of the open ocean for most of its life. To remain buoyant in the ocean, it has a series of sealed air chambers in its float. They travel in groups of thousands, and capture small fish with short tentacles that have stinging cells dangling underwater. (Although their sting is strong enough to stun a tiny animal, a human being would barely feel it.)

Learn more about the ocean sunfish


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

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.