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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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Alien Aegina Jellies

These unusual animals may look like they came from outer space, but you can find them now in The Jellies Experience. Aegina found in Monterey Bay are typically lemon jellies (Aegina citrea), but the six-tentacled jelly in the center may be an undescribed species!

Keep an Eye Out for Harbor Seal Pups

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!

TripAdvisor Names Us #1 Aquarium in the World

We're proud to announce that TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, has named the Monterey Bay Aquarium the Best Aquarium in the World in its 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards! The awards honor top travel destinations and attractions worldwide based on reviews and opinions contributed by TripAdvisor members.

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.