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Have you seen the amazing wildlife on the bay this season? We’re here to help! We recently upgraded our otter spotter station. A  ”scoreboard” keeps track of all the species seen that day—from sea otters to harbor seals, sea lions, whales and dolphins. Using our high-powered binoculars, it’s not unusual to spot over a dozen species of seabirds in a day! Expert interpreters are there to answer questions and add stories about the animals. It’s all about taking advantage of the Aquarium’s greatest asset—Monterey Bay itself! 

Want to watch from afar? Check out our live web cam


What a show! If you haven’t gone whale-watching—or spied them off our ocean-view decks—you better get going! It’s turning out to be another fantastic year. Massive schools of anchovies are attracting hundreds of dolphins, seals, birds and these gentle giants—it’s a feeding frenzy! 

Some boats are seeing 70 whales spread over several miles. Humpbacks are one of the more common baleen whales in the sanctuary, mostly during summer and fall as they feast on krill and schools of anchovies and sardines. A humpback can consume up to 3,000 pounds per day! They use use air bubbles to herd, corral or disorient fish. They often feed in the same spot for several days, making these whales easy to find. Humpbacks are the favorite of many whale-watchers, as these whales frequently perform aerial displays, such as breaching or slapping the surface with their pectoral fins, tails, or heads. These whales are believed to winter in the coastal waters of Mexico and Central America and like blue whales, are still considered endangered.

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(Jim Capwell/divecentral.com)

Jump for joy! It’s humpback whale season and we’re seeing these graceful giants from our decks every week. Did you know you can use your phone to get updates on animal sightings and special exhibit feedings during your visit? Ask about our text alert program when you arrive. (Photo: Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises)

Jump for joy! It’s humpback whale season and we’re seeing these graceful giants from our decks every week. Did you know you can use your phone to get updates on animal sightings and special exhibit feedings during your visit? Ask about our text alert program when you arrive. 

(Photo: Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises)

Now there’s one way to handle the summer heat! Show your love of whales and support ocean conservation at the same time with a Whale Tail license plate—funds help support ocean education, beach cleanups and habitat restoration! Learn more (Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises) 

Now there’s one way to handle the summer heat! Show your love of whales and support ocean conservation at the same time with a Whale Tail license plate—funds help support ocean education, beach cleanups and habitat restoration! 

Learn more 

(Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises) 

Just in time for #EarthDay: orcas create a misty ❤ over Monterey Bay. See it? What are all the ways you ❤ oceans on this special day? We’d love to know! (Thanks Giancarlo Thomae for the great photo)

Just in time for #EarthDay: orcas create a misty ❤ over Monterey Bay. See it? What are all the ways you  oceans on this special day? We’d love to know! (Thanks Giancarlo Thomae for the great photo)

We recently saw a blue whale from our Great Tide Pool deck—the largest animal on the planet! It’s an early sighting, as we normally don’t see blues until June.Watch our live bay cam

We recently saw a blue whale from our Great Tide Pool deck—the largest animal on the planet! It’s an early sighting, as we normally don’t see blues until June.

Watch our live bay cam


What’s going on? Learn what’s behind the amazing whale and wildlife show we’ve been seeing in Monterey Bay, in our latest podcast!

Wait for it, wait for it…watch to the end of this amazing video and you’ll see a pod of orcas going after a blue whale—a rarely seen interaction, courtesy of Daniel Bianchetta, Monterey Bay Whale Watch, and Pete Thomas Outdoors.

It’s international #WorldWildlifeDay! We encourage kids of all ages to visit an aquarium, zoo, national park, botanical garden or any other place that helps reconnect with other species. Let’s help raise awareness of the benefits that conservation provides to people worldwide!
Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/
(Chad King)

It’s international #WorldWildlifeDay! We encourage kids of all ages to visit an aquarium, zoo, national park, botanical garden or any other place that helps reconnect with other species. Let’s help raise awareness of the benefits that conservation provides to people worldwide!

Learn more: http://www.un.org/en/events/wildlifeday/

(Chad King)

Wow! Drone captures amazing shots of whales and dolphins. Happy #Monday!

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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.