The slithery. The scaly. The spectacularly showy. Discover incredible animals from land and sea in this special exhibition featuring creatures from the coastal habitats of Baja California. Life here thrives on the edge of sand and surf, where rugged desert coastline meets the sapphire waters of the Pacific.
In this Exhibit
This 800-mile-long narrow peninsula in northwestern Mexico is separated from the mainland by the Gulf of California. With almost 2,000 miles of coastline, sun-scorched desert, lush mangrove forests and colorful coral reefs, Baja is a land of contrasts, where unique plants and animals survive and thrive.
The warm waters off Baja's southern tip support a tropical treasure—the reefs of
Cabo Pulmo and their dazzling denizens. After decades of overfishing depleted its rich marine life, conservation groups worked with the Mexican government to protect the Cabo Pulmo reef—one of the oldest coral reefs in the northern Pacific Ocean. It's now a designated National Marine Park as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Current Connects Us
The California Current carries many animals on epic migrations between the cool waters of the northern Pacific and the warm waters of Baja California. Gray whales, brown pelicans and elephant seals are just a few of the species that pass through Monterey Bay on their travels. Some find a feast in Baja's fertile seas. Others go to give birth in the safe shelter of coastal lagoons.