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Life is good for ocean sunfish in our million-gallon Open Sea exhibit. Our most recent inhabitant grew so large (386 pounds) that we released it into Monterey Bay, with a satellite tag that will help us learn more about mola behavior in the wild. And don’t worry: we have a new, smaller one on exhibit!

Watch us release an ocean sunfish in this video!

Our common murre chicks are growing fast behind the scenes, and we’ve even started training sessions. The male chick is very social and likes to pull on the staff’s waders during cleaning! They hatched in late August and should be on exhibit soon.

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You may know them as mahi mahi—but whatever you call them, dolphinfish are thought to be one of the most beautiful fishes in the sea, thanks to their sleek, long bodies and iridescent colors, including metallic blues and greens. Watch them live

You may know them as mahi mahi—but whatever you call them, dolphinfish are thought to be one of the most beautiful fishes in the sea, thanks to their sleek, long bodies and iridescent colors, including metallic blues and greens.

Watch them live


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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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!

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(Photo: Charlene Boarts) 

Looking for aliens? Thanks to our partners at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), you can now find them in our Jellies Experience exhibition! As you can see, the large Aegina jelly in the center looks different than the others—and may be an undescribed species!Typically, Aegina found in Monterey Bay are lemon jellies (Aegina citrea), recognizable by their yellowish color and four tentacles. While this jelly’s reddish-purple hue may come from a brightly-colored meal, the six tentacles make it an unusual find! Genetic studies at MBARI suggest this is a distinct species—and research continues.Like many jellies, these animals can be fragile and short-lived, so we encourage you to visit soon and check them out!Learn more about our Jellies Experience exhibition

Looking for aliens? Thanks to our partners at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), you can now find them in our Jellies Experience exhibition! As you can see, the large Aegina jelly in the center looks different than the others—and may be an undescribed species!

Typically, Aegina found in Monterey Bay are lemon jellies (Aegina citrea), recognizable by their yellowish color and four tentacles. While this jelly’s reddish-purple hue may come from a brightly-colored meal, the six tentacles make it an unusual find! Genetic studies at MBARI suggest this is a distinct species—and research continues.

Like many jellies, these animals can be fragile and short-lived, so we encourage you to visit soon and check them out!

Learn more about our Jellies Experience exhibition

Got a case of the Mondays? Let our new flame jellies (Rhopilema esculentum) light your fire! This jelly’s golden and crimson tentacles flutter like flames as it swims, while its frilly fringe traps food. Learn more about our Jellies Experience exhibition

Got a case of the Mondays? Let our new flame jellies (Rhopilema esculentum) light your fire! This jelly’s golden and crimson tentacles flutter like flames as it swims, while its frilly fringe traps food.

Learn more about our Jellies Experience exhibition

Cannonball! Our newest additions to The Jellies Experience are making a splash. Cannonball jellies are fast swimmers—and a main source of food for endangered leatherback turtles. Learn more about this special exhibition

Cannonball! Our newest additions to The Jellies Experience are making a splash. Cannonball jellies are fast swimmers—and a main source of food for endangered leatherback turtles.

Learn more about this special exhibition

Pharaoh cuttlefish are back on exhibit! These master color changers can rapidly display metallic blues, greens, golds and silvers for camouflage, communication or courtship. Pharaoh cuttlefish can reach 16 inches and weigh 11 pounds! Learn more about our Tentacles exhibit

Pharaoh cuttlefish are back on exhibit! These master color changers can rapidly display metallic blues, greens, golds and silvers for camouflage, communication or courtship. Pharaoh cuttlefish can reach 16 inches and weigh 11 pounds!

Learn more about our Tentacles exhibit

Underwater meal? No problem! The black-necked stilt has adapted well to life in wetlands and marshes. Long legs and a narrow beak help it pluck small fish from shallow waters. Can you spot one with our live Aviary cam? 

Underwater meal? No problem! The black-necked stilt has adapted well to life in wetlands and marshes. Long legs and a narrow beak help it pluck small fish from shallow waters.

Can you spot one with our live Aviary cam? 

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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.