Get an up-close look at the delicate sea nettles in our Open Sea exhibit.
Watch as their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move smoothly through the water. But don't let these unassuming invertebrates fool you—their graceful trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used for hunting. When their tentacles touch tiny drifting prey, the stinging cells paralyze it and stick tight. The prey is moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it's digested.
Eat, drink and dance the night away at our final Cooking for Solutions event of 2016. Stroll through our exhibits while tasting ocean-friendly food and drink by more than 50 restaurants, wineries and breweries until 10 p.m., when the Marine Mammal Gallery turns into an underwater nightclub. Ages 21 and up.
The lookdown befuddles predators with the help of scales that reflect polarized light and help the fish blend into the background. See a school of these slender fish swimming together in our newest special exhibition, ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge.
Avoid traffic by hitching a free ride to the Aquarium on an MST trolley. Park in downtown Monterey and ride the Aquarium Direct Trolley for a streamlined trip. Or see the sites on the MST Trolley, which runs every 10 to 15 minutes between the Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf and downtown Monterey.
Our free app for iPhone and iPod touch takes advantage of Apple's new indoor positioning to make it easy for visitors to pinpoint their location and quickly navigate to the most popular exhibits, animals and amenities using a new interactive map.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.