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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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Join Us for Evenings by the Bay!

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.

Our New Shape-Shifting Mimic Octopus

Ever wish you could become someone else? The mimic octopus can. In less time than it takes to say "alter ego," this curious cephalopod can become a venomous lion fish, a sea snake or a jelly. We recently added this fascinating shape-shifter to our Tentacles special exhibition.

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.

Tune in to Our Podcast

Got questions about what’s going on in Monterey Bay? Hear the answers in our three-part Bay Q&A podcast series! Listen to one of our Guest Experience gurus chat about animals, conservation issues and other timely ocean occurrences.

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.