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It’s a monster bash at the Aquarium! Put on your favorite costume and join the skeletons and sea stars for a members’ Halloween dinner and dance party this Saturday, October 25!
Learn more about this spooktacular event
Blobs of the deep-sea! Just in time for Halloween, check out these awesome creatures from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
1,000 magical moments! The Aquarium opened to the public 30 years ago today, sharing the wonders of the underwater world in Monterey Bay and beyond. Find out why there’s still magic in the water in our latest video podcast.
Julie Packard: A 30th Anniversary Message
(Julie Packard is a founder and the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.)
Thirty years ago today, we began a grand adventure. The Monterey Bay Aquarium opened its doors for the first time—and began changing the way people think about the ocean.
What started in the late 1970s as the dream of a few marine scientists has grown to become the best aquarium in the world, and an ocean conservation leader of international stature.
For that, I want to thank you.
The tens of millions of people who have visited over the years, our Aquarium members and donors, the supporters of our Seafood Watch program, and the dedicated staff and volunteers who keep this place humming—all of you have played a critical role in shaping our development, and a future with healthy oceans.
An uncharted journey
We didn’t know what to expect on October 20, 1984. But the excitement, the enthusiasm we felt that day, has only multiplied since then.
Our commitment to admit school groups free of charge has blossomed into education programs that have reached more than 2 million students, thousands of teachers and hundreds of teens who are emerging as ocean conservation leaders. This year, we announced plans for our Ocean Education and Leadership Center that—with your help—will double our impact over the next few years.
We continue to inspire visitors through living exhibits that are second to none—a fact recognized when TripAdvisor® (the world’s largest travel site) named us the best aquarium in the world earlier this year. We were the pioneer of special exhibitions at public aquariums; our current exhibition, “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes,” is the latest incredible accomplishment of our talented animal care and exhibitions team.
A voice for the ocean
Over the years, we have stepped up our role as a voice for the ocean, through a rigorous science program and effective advocacy on behalf of policies to safeguard the health of the ocean and marine wildlife. We’ve been successful because everything we do is grounded in the best available science. That’s one reason we were able to lead the campaign to ban the shark fin trade in California. And it’s the reason our Seafood Watch program has become the most respected source of information for consumers, chefs and major seafood buyers across North America.
We’re expanding our research work to support recovery of threatened ocean species, including sea otters, Pacific bluefin tuna and great white sharks. We’re also more active on behalf of legislation and policy—in Washington, DC, in Sacramento and in collaboration with business leaders as well as colleagues who share our goals.
Shaping the future
Through it all, we have remained true to our founding values: a commitment to science, and to a culture that supports teamwork and innovation. We also recognize that the future of the ocean—and this Earth we share—will be shaped by how well we nurture and cultivate the talents of our children.
It’s a solid foundation that continues to serve us well. It positions us to think about how we can best make a difference for the ocean—and how to turn our aspirations for the future into reality.
Thank you for being an essential part of this journey. The ocean is on the road to recovery, but we’ve only just begun.
(Photo of Julie Packard by Corey Arnold)
Hey, is that a penguin on your pumpkin? We created five great sea creature stencils to use this Halloween, including a penguin, seahorse, sea turtle and hammerhead shark. Print one and give it a try!
Share a Halloween e-card with your friends! Meet our spooky stars, from goblin sharks to ghost shrimp.
“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.
Here’s your #ThrowbackThursday double take! The Aquarium sits on the site of Hovden Cannery, one of many that closed after the collapse of the sardine fishery. Our building mimics the cannery style and incorporates the original warehouse and boilers—now our main entrance. Can you tell which building is the Aquarium?
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.