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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.

Don't Miss

Coming from PBS and BBC this Month: Big Blue Live

Experience one of nature's great reality shows this summer when PBS and BBC broadcast a three-part television event live from Monterey Bay! Big Blue Live will be anchored from open-air studios on the bay and right here at the Aquarium. It airs on PBS beginning August 31.

Humpback Whale Close-Up!

Humpback whales are feeding close to shore lately, making life on the bay more exciting than usual! Staffer Dan Albro captured this stupendous shot while kayaking. These filter-feeders use air bubbles to herd and corral schools of fish and krill.

Download Our New Mystic Bait Ball App

Have questions you'd like answered? Need some sage advice from the sea? Download our free Mystic Bait Ball app for iOS and Android, and get the answers to all your questions from some seriously smart sardines.

Take a Virtual Tour

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.

View Our Life on the Bay Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.