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Volunteers engage, inspire, and have a blast! Won't you join us? Applications now open, and info sessions will be held March 17 at 7 pm and March 21 at 9 am. You must attend one session to be eligible. More: http://mbayaq.co/17BpSKi 
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Don't forget to brush! Some otters need a little extra help staying fluffy--that's where our Sea Otter Program comes in. Photographer Sebastian Kennerknecht followed a stranded otter pup's journey from rescue to release: http://mbayaq.co/1zBeuVp 
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The view's clear from here! Cleaning our exhibit windows sometimes seems like spacewalking as our staff diver encounters a shimmering orb of sardines. Get into the spring cleaning spirit and make this your new wallpaper: http://mbayaq.co/UWwUng
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Planning your spring break road trip? See the best of the Bay Area with CityPASS! Save on admission to the Aquarium and four other top attractions--and skip the ticket lines: http://mbayaq.co/11hEQxy
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It’s ‪#‎PhotoArkFriday! Sea cucumbers are the earthworms of the sea, sucking up detritus and recycling it into smaller pieces for bacteria to finish up. They’re soft and squishy and can even spew out their internal organs as a defense. Learn more: http://mbayaq.co/1wuMic9
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Coral reef combat! In an epic battle between a mantis shrimp and a disco clam, the outcome may surprise you--the diminutive disco clam's flashy light show warns of a hidden defense. Learn more: http://mbayaq.co/1AOzc7Z (Disco clam video: Charlene Boarts)
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The Seafood Watch App just got better! It's easier than ever to get the latest recommendations for seafood and sushi, learn more about the seafood you eat, and locate or share businesses that serve sustainable seafood. Get the app for your iOS or Android device: http://mbayaq.co/1rm4NdN 
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Otter twins! Our Sea Otter Program team recently responded to an unusual call about a mother otter struggling to care for two newborn pups. One was left behind--and is now receiving care at the Aquarium. Learn more about the rescue: http://mbayaq.co/1GgemTq (Photos: Paul Reps)
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Twins can I keep them in my make belief zoo Aquarium. Lol there just preious
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Can you see where Rosa stashes her extra snacks? Sea otters have pockets under each arm--perfect for keeping paws free to hunt during a dive! Watch our otter cam: http://mbayaq.co/1kFT7Qy (Photo: Christopher Michel)
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Farewell to whale whisperer ‪#‎LeonardNimoy‬. It was an honor to host the filming of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home—and be transformed through movie magic into the Cetacean Institute. Watch the scene filmed at the Aquarium: http://mbayaq.co/1C5ZKon
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Live long and prosper. It was a privilege having #LeonardNimoy at the Aquarium for Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home. He will be missed!
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A fons farewell to Leonard Lemoy. You made this world a better and a more interesting place.
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Love #Monterey? Our beautiful home on the bay is in the running for America's Happiest Seaside Town from Coastal Living! Vote: http://mbayaq.co/1zSToXb (Photo: Christopher Michel)
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886 Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940
886 Cannery RowUSCaliforniaMonterey93940
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AquariumToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, the Aquarium 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 are also available on our website or by calling (831) 648-4888.
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Well-known aquarium on a rocky coastline with exhibits ranging from otter habitats to touch pools.- Google
"Literally half of the museum is dedicated to sea horse and jelly fish."
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"Recommend seeing sea otter feeding or kelp harvest first then seeing open sea."
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My son's cub scout pack was slated to sleep over at the aquarium last night. After leaving work early and driving through three hours of heavy traffic we arrived right at our designated check-in time of 7:00pm. While we expected an orderly and well managed check-in process we discovered a completely chaotic scene with no information, no signs and no communication from your staff. Our check-in time was listed as 7:00pm to 8:00pm and we did not see any progress or announcements during this time. After waiting for an hour with my eight year old son starting to become hypothermic in the drizzling rain we gave up in frustration and disgust and left to go home. I am still in disbelief at how poorly organized this event was and frustrated that we had to drive nearly five hours, and pay $170 for tickets that we did not have an opportunity to use. It was as if everyone at the aquarium had called in sick leaving a single person to check in about 300 people. I ended up buying my son a stuffed toy at the parking garage and driving two hours back home as he was falling asleep. We were both very disappointed we did wasted an evening driving and did not even get to set foot inside the aquarium.
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We are sorry to hear about your recent experience with our program. Rest assured, this is an isolated incident and we apologize for the service you experienced. Please contact us at equarist@mbayaq.org so we can hear your concerns and make sure we address this properly. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Chelsea Madren
a month ago
Rain or shine, the best place to visit is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located in Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation started planning phases in 1978 with construction costs of $55 million. David and Lucile Packard's one-time personal gift made it happen. On October 20, 1984, Monterey Bay Aquarium opened its doors to 10,681 visitors on opening day. For sci-fi fans, The Aquarium was also featured in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Remember the scene where Spock swims and communicates with whales in a fictional whale tank? * Photography Tip: Non-flash photography is appropriate. Flashes may cause stress to the sea life on display and can ruin guest experience in the darkened corridors. Also, please leave tripods at home or in the car. The legs can cause a tripping hazard for children and/or a high fall for your camera. In the Kelp Forest, Pacific Sardines are expert synchronized swimmers as they move together as one. The sardines in a large school make themselves look larger to predators. The display of twirling movements and shimmering scales make them look almost mechanical, reminiscent of The Matrix Sentinel Squids as they descended upon Zion. One of the biggest attractions at The Aquarium are the cute, playful Sea Otters. In the mornings, they are either floating on their backs and resting, rolling and playing with the toy sea kelp, or on the rocks sunning themselves or crunching on ice. * Tip: Check for Sea Otter Feeding Times and arrive at the exhibit 30 minutes before to stake out a spot. The sea otters will often get really close to the glass for some really cute, up-close and personal photos as the trainers work with them. The Jellies Experience showcases different species of jellies. Interesting facts about jellies: They are more than 95% water. They do not have bones, brains, blood, teeth, or fins. They can also grow and shrink based on their food supply. The Black Sea Nettle lives in the Pacific Ocean and drifts in offshore currents. They can grow to more than 3 feet across with tentacles that can trail over 25 feet in length. Moon Jellies are alien-like and look like small moons swimming around. The great thing about jellies is that they are living art. The Aquarium has created the perfect backdrop and lighting for you to view and photograph these beautiful creatures. Head outside and see Life on the Bay where you can view wildlife in the bay. Watch Southern Sea Otters resting, playing, and eating on the kelp beds. See Pelagic Cormorants fly and dive as they feed in flocks. You may get a top view of a jelly floating in the water. Or spot a Harbor Seal curiously swimming around the jets of rocks near The Aquarium. If you plan on eating outside, be mindful of your food as the Western gull is eyeing your food too. The Splash Zone & Penguins lets you explore where rockfish, sharks, and penguins call their home. The African Blackfooted Penguin are from South Africa. With the cold currents along the South African coast, these birds "fly" through the water to chase squid, anchovy, and other small fish.
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a month ago
We love the aquarium, our kids love going there. Make sure to take advantage of the feeding shows as that is when you will get a lot of interesting information and it really makes the trip that much more meaningful. With our kids who are (4, 3, 2, and 5 months) we can spend about three hours before they need a break, and in that time we normally cover a little more than half of the aquarium. That includes breaks to stop at the touch tanks and normally at least a twenty minute stop at the upstairs playground for them to run off extra energy. But they are really interested in all of the animals, it keeps them engaged.
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Travis Schultz
a month ago
Girlfriend now refuses to use plastic shopping bags or straws. You guys really do make a difference. Thanks.
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Stephen Weber
3 weeks ago
Easily my favorite aquarium in the US, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is huge and home to several carefully planned exhibits. It can get very crowded on weekends and during the holidays, so keep that in mind if you need to get from one end of the building to the other for a show or other event. Be sure to take in the views of the bay, either from the deck or the third floor roof (accessible from the Kelp Forest area) or even the restaurant, and yes, there is one tucked off to the side from the cafeteria. Reservations are both accepted and recommended as it's on the small side. Menu is seasonal and on the pricier side, but each table has a set of binoculars to look out at the bay with. For an alternative experience, go on a behind-the-scenes tour. You'll learn a lot about the history of the aquarium and how it operates. Children are allowed, but some parts of the tours can be a bit technical.
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Mo McBirney
a month ago
My favorite aquarium in the country! Sea otters in the kelp forest, pacific giant octopus, and even otters swimming in the ocean outside. The jellyfish exhibit is unlike any other I have ever seen. I even got to come here when they briefly housed a baby great white shark. I love to bring visiting friends to this aquarium, and they are never disappointed!
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Mark Patterson
3 months ago
Great experience, much better than that pier aquarium in San Francisco. Sea otters were amazing, feedings were a must, open sea is great. Recommend seeing sea otter feeding or kelp harvest first then seeing open sea. Each location will be a unique viewing experience. And a great restaurant near by is seamarket or seaharvest. leave for lunch and come back for the rest of the day.
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Mike Wilson
4 months ago
The Aquarium has so many fun things to do. They have a great section for children to learn and play. There is a really cool observation area outside too (we even saw a whale!). It seems a little expensive but they use the admission funds to actually help the areas wildlife. Overall it was a really fun experience.