Monterey Bay Aquarium

Located on the historic Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium is your window to the ocean and marine life.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit public aquarium. Founded in 1984, the aquarium is located on the site of a former sardine cannery.

The entire place is an interactive one, there are exhibits that encourage touching and feeling of certain marine creatures as well as kiosks that teaches visitors certain things about the marine ecosystem. 

The aquarium is divided into galleries, keeping the entire place organized and easy to navigate.

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Cannery Row California Photography Vacation 2016

The aquarium pumps seawater from the Monterey Bay through more than 100 exhibit tanks. This design basically makes the aquarium part of the ocean ecologically and also helps in culturing of organisms not suited for ordinary seawater aquariums.

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Cannery Row California Photography Vacation 2016
 Monterey Bay Aquarium Cannery Row California Photography Vacation 2016

Of course, the pair of a Blue Tang Fish and Clownfish is present.

They also have a Penguin Exhibit featuring Black-footed Penguins.

The 28-foot-tall Kelp Forest exhibit.

I have to say my favorite, the Open Sea Exhibit.

The first thing you'll see are the different kinds of Jellyfish.

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Cannery Row California Photography Vacation 2016

This is the largest tank in the Open Sea Exhibit known for housing an Ocean Sunfish and various fish including this big Yellowfin Tuna.

Taking a break from marine creatures, this gallery aims to educate visitors about the harm human and toxic waste can do to the marine life as a whole.

Now, more of the exhibits.

One of the highlight of the aquarium are these awesome and adorable creatures. Saved from almost extinction, Sea Otters are now thriving from remnant populations in California and Alaska.

They are given bags of ice to help them take care of the itch to crack on something.