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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.

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The Seafood Watch App Just Got Better!

We've redesigned the Seafood Watch app making it easier than ever to get the latest recommendations for seafood and sushi, learn more about the seafood you eat, and locate or share businesses that serve sustainable seafood. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

Look Out for Our New Spiny King Crabs

These crabs are well-equipped for warding off predators with sharp spikes protruding from their bodies. Fortunately, you can get up close and personal without being perforated—we just added three to the Sandy Seafloor gallery in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit.

Whale, Hello There!

Gray whales are on the move—and we've been seeing them daily from our ocean-view decks. These giants visit Monterey Bay between December and April on their lengthy, annual migration from Alaska down to Baja California.

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.