"Otters and Jellyfish" Top 5 Page for this destination Monterey Bay Aquarium Tip by Lhenne1

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey: 58 reviews and 113 photos

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located at the far end of Cannery Row and houses aquatic species from the area. There are outside tidal pools, touch ponds and the typical aquarium fare. The highlight, however, are the new Otter and Jellyfish exhibits.

The otters are great, we saw the sea otters being fed and watched the river otters run around and play in the water. The jellyfish are an amazing sight, really quite beautiful. Aside from these sights, the giant squid and outer bay exhibits were really interesting. Throughout the whole aquarium are large tanks holding a wide variety of creatures.

The Aquarium's claims to fame include having temporarily housed the only great white shark to survive in captivity (it has since been tagged, re-released and reported living off the Baja Peninsula). This aquarium also housed a number of animals from the New Orleans Aquarium after Hurricane Katrina, including their entire population of penguins (which returned to NOLA via limousine).

Entrance fees are a bit pricey, we had a friend who gave us some free tickets she came across. At $25 a person, it's an expensive family excursion. But there was a lot for kids to do so you could probably spend the better part of a day there.

Address: 886 Cannery Row,
Directions: Cannery Row area
Phone: (831) 648-4800
Website: http://www.mbayaq.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 24, 2007
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