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“You talkin’ to me? I’m kinda busy here.” Sea otters spend a lot of time eating—with a purpose. They’re  a keystone species, helping keep  ecosystems in balance by eating urchins and other invertebrates that graze on kelp. Without otters, these grazing animals can destroy kelp forests and the animals that live there.

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Did you know more than 110,000 schoolchildren and teachers take part in life-changing education programs at the Aquarium each year? We’re inspiring a new generation of leaders to act on behalf of our oceans—and we can do more with your help! Support our new Ocean Education and Leadership Center(Photo: Karen Hayes @wdnesday)

Did you know more than 110,000 schoolchildren and teachers take part in life-changing education programs at the Aquarium each year? We’re inspiring a new generation of leaders to act on behalf of our oceans—and we can do more with your help!

Support our new Ocean Education and Leadership Center

(Photo: Karen Hayes @wdnesday)

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!

Help support our program 

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!

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)!

It’s National Taco Day—how are you celebrating? #MakeItSustainable with Chef Nathan Lyon’s Spiced Mahi Mahi Tacos! Known for his innovative, seasonal cuisine, Chef Nathan is committed to preserving our oceans by purchasing environmentally friendly seafood using our Seafood Watch guide. Get the recipe 

It’s National Taco Day—how are you celebrating? #MakeItSustainable with Chef Nathan Lyon’s Spiced Mahi Mahi Tacos! Known for his innovative, seasonal cuisine, Chef Nathan is committed to preserving our oceans by purchasing environmentally friendly seafood using our Seafood Watch guide.

Get the recipe 

#ThrowbackThursday during National Seafood Month? Our first Seafood Watch guide! Since 1999 we’ve been helping consumers and businesses choose seafood that protects sea life and habitats, now and for future generations. Over 51 million Seafood Watch cards have been distributed, with over a million downloads of our app! Get the app

#ThrowbackThursday during National Seafood Month? Our first Seafood Watch guide! Since 1999 we’ve been helping consumers and businesses choose seafood that protects sea life and habitats, now and for future generations. Over 51 million Seafood Watch cards have been distributed, with over a million downloads of our app!

Get the app

It’s National Seafood Month! Join Seafood Watch and chefs nationwide to kickoff the celebration with National #Taco Day this Saturday, October 4. Partners across the country have created special tacos featuring seafood selected with our guides to #makeitsustainable!Find your local participating restaurants

It’s National Seafood Month! Join Seafood Watch and chefs nationwide to kickoff the celebration with National #Taco Day this Saturday, October 4. Partners across the country have created special tacos featuring seafood selected with our guides to #makeitsustainable!

Find your local participating restaurants

Surfing for Healthy Oceans

Titans of Mavericks and the Aquarium are teaming up to shape a future with healthy oceans.

The Aquarium will be the official conservation partner of the world’s premier big wave surfing event, held annually in Half Moon Bay at the most iconic big wave surfing spot in the nation. 

“Through this groundbreaking partnership, Monterey Bay Aquarium will help drive focused initiatives and ocean conservation awareness through the athletes who compete in this highly anticipated event,” said Griffin Guess, president of Cartel Management, which directs the newly re-faced Titans of Mavericks event and festival.

“We know that the surfing community is passionate about the ocean,” said Mimi Hahn, vice president of marketing and communications for the Aquarium. “As the conservation partner of the Titans of Mavericks, we hope to weave the message of ocean protection through every element of the event and to help its audiences engage more deeply in safeguarding the ocean that sustains all life on our planet.”

“The goal of Titans of Mavericks is to empower the athletes as ambassadors who can drive public awareness of the threats facing our oceans, and help inspire the fans of Mavericks to do more to protect the living ocean,” said Zach Wormhoudt, a waterman and big wave surfer from Santa Cruz. He’s one of 56 surfers vying to be among the 24 selected to compete in Titans of Mavericks in 2015.

Learn more about Titans of Mavericks and the new ocean conservation partnership.

Sure, wild sea otters are cute—but did you know they help promote recovery of seagrass beds in places like nearby Elkhorn Slough? In turn, those grasses provide an  important habitat for young fish, protect shorelines from storms, and soak up carbon dioxide. Learn more #SeaOtterWeek
(Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

Sure, wild sea otters are cute—but did you know they help promote recovery of seagrass beds in places like nearby Elkhorn Slough? In turn, those grasses provide an  important habitat for young fish, protect shorelines from storms, and soak up carbon dioxide.

Learn more

#SeaOtterWeek

(Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com) 

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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.