The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the former site of a sardine cannery on Cannery Row of the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Monterey, California. The Aquarium is located in the Lighthouse district of Monterey only a short drive from the Stage Coach Lodge. The aquarium actually leverages actual sea water via high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay creating an amazing test tube of sea life on exhibit for all to see.
Among the aquarium's numerous exhibits, two are of particular mention: The centerpiece of the Ocean's Edge Wing is a 10 meter (33-foot) high 1.3 million liter (1/3 million gallon) tank for viewing California coastal marine life. In this tank, the aquarium was the first in the world to grow live California Giant Kelp using a wave machine at the top of the tank, allowing sunlight in through the open tank top, and circulation of raw seawater from the Bay. The second exhibit of note is a 4.5 million liter tank in the Open Sea galleries, which features one of the world's largest single-paned windows with large bluefin tuna and numerous sharks darting through the water.
Sealife on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is also one of the very few aquariums in the world to exhibit both bluefin and yellowfin tuna.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see when visiting Monterey. A joy for both adults and children alike. Please inquire with the front desk for tickets and pricing.