Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an aquarium that is unique in comparison to other aquariums that I have visited. The Monterey Bay Aquarium  is a world-renown aquarium that is known for it’s research and conservation efforts. They are also recognized for their live kelp forrest, impressive displays of jellyfish, and they they were one of the first aquariums to display a great white shark for more than 16 days.

Why I Love Aquariums

I am always in awe of the diversity in our oceans. Humans are so caught up about space and aliens, but we should take a closer look at our waters! There are so many sea creatures that look as bizarre as the aliens that we picture in our imaginations. This is why I love visiting aquariums. It allows you to travel to a different world.

Whenever I walk into an aquarium, it feels as though I landed on a different planet where I am surrounded by bizarre alien creatures. I walk along the the paths of the varying exhibits and examine all the amazing biodiversity with curiosity and in awe. There are so many bizarre look fish, crustaceans, and coral and every time I feel like I discover something new. Something that I haven’t seen or heard of before.

Very Unique Architecture

The architecture of this building is very unique because it allows you to enjoy the diverse and creative exhibits inside, but it also encourages its visitors to explore and analyze the ocean outside. It has a very impressive and expansive deck that overlooks Monterey Bay. They encourage their visitors to  observe the natural habitat of the animals that are on display inside. There is a good amount of seating and it’s a nice place to take in your surroundings if the weather is pleasant. It’s nice the hear the crashing waves and look across the vast waters.

Representing Local Marine Life

I really appreciated the sense of pride this aquarium has for its local wildlife. A large part of their aquarium represents their local habitat of the Monterey Bay area. I feel like most aquariums focus on the colorful tropical fish that you tend to think of when you imagine salt water fish.

They even display a live kelp forrest that they sustain by mimicking the necessary motion of waves. They have several large tanks with seating areas with accompanying serene music where you can sit, relax, and take in the ever-changing oceanic display of the impressive large tank. I love that they provide a place to sit and stay awhile to immerse yourself. The majority of us have imagined what it would be like to be a mermaid, so this allows you to search for your inner child and let your imagination run wild.

Jellyfish Exhibit

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has the most impressive display of jellyfish that I have ever experienced. I love jellyfish. They are one of the most bizarre and captivating creatures of the ocean. It’s mesmerizing to watch them float, swim, and drift. Their translucent bodies remind you of how unique and peculiar our oceans are.  They had a ton of different types of jellyfish and there were quite a few that I have not seen before. I really enjoyed this portion of the aquarium. People are so fascinated with space and the possibility of alien life, but we forget that the oceans are like traveling to a different world. Jellyfish remind me of weird alien creatures. I seriously could have stayed in this exhibit for hours. After doing some research about the aquarium after our visit, I learned that this aquarium is renown for jellyfish husbandry. This means that they are specialists in breeding jellyfish. I found this fact a bit peculiar. How do you encourage jellyfish to get it on? Bow chick bow wow haha.

Research & Conservation

The Monterey Bay Aquarium spends a lot of resources to not only display awesome creatures of our deep seas, but to also in research on marine life. They are trying to better understand how these animals behave, their natural habitats, and ways to preserve their way of life. They are hyper concerned with conserving the vast diversity of life that our waters contain.

I found that this aquarium was super concerned with educating their visitors with ways that they can take part in ocean conservation. If we all do our part, we can keep our oceans beautiful and full of unique lives. They inform visitors about the concerns of over-fishing certain species of fish. In order for us to do our parts to prevent the fallout of disappearing marine life ,we need to make responsible choices in seafood that we choose to consume.

They were the first to display a great white shark in captivity for an extended period of time. Unfortunately they no longer have any in captivity because the great white sharks were failing to thrive in captivity and would die. They stopped attempting to make this work in 2015.

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Visitor Information

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The general hours are from 10 AM – 5 PM, but may change due to special events. Here is a link to their official webpage so you can verify their hours before you plan your visit.

Their address is :
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940

Their tickets are a bit pricey, so I recommend you try to spend a good amount of time there to make your visit worth the hefty price. The prices are as follows:

  • Adults: $49.95
  • Children (3-12): $29.95
  • Students & Seniors (65+): $39.95
  • Military Discount is $7 off

Parting Thoughts

I hope this information was helpful. Do you have a favorite aquarium? What is your favorite animal in the ocean? I hope my articles are both informative and encourages people to explore. Thank you for being a part of my blog. Message/ Comment below. Be sure to check out my blog!


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