Our Monterey Bay cam offers a peek from the Aquarium's ocean-view decks.
From this vantage point, you can identify a number of the birds and sea mammals that find refuge here. Look for black cormorants perched on a rock, perhaps stretching their wings to dry. Watch the water's surface; you might see a harbor seal poke its head out of the water, or a sea otter wrapped in kelp.
Monterey Bay is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. This safe haven is home to a rich variety of fishes, plants, marine mammals and birds.
With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our Aquarium decks. Awkward on land, they're sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal. They can even sleep with their bodies nearly submerged in water, exposing only the tips of their noses to the air!
It's turning out to be another fantastic year for whale watching in Monterey Bay. Some boats are seeing 70 whales spread over several miles. Massive schools of anchovies are providing a feeding frenzy for hundreds of dolphins, seals, birds and humpbacks. Just one of these gentle giants can consume up to 3,000 pounds per day!
Spend summer evenings on the bay during our extended hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, July 5 through August 31. See the Aquarium in a whole new light as you visit your favorite exhibits after the crowds, listen to live music and enjoy wine and snacks throughout the evening.
What’s it like to see the bay from the Aquarium’s ocean-view decks? Find out now with Google Maps Street View. In just a few clicks you can get a 360-degree look from outside the Aquarium, then head inside and stroll through our exhibit galleries.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.