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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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White Shark Fins Are Just Like Fingerprints

How do you tell one white shark from the other? It's all in the dorsal fin! Our scientists have found that each fin has scars, pockets and notches that make it as unique as a fingerprint. There's even one white shark whose dorsal fin resembles the profile of Jay Leno!

All Aboard the Free MST Trolley!

Avoid parking and traffic by hitching a free ride on the MST Trolley. The electric trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and stops at the Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf and downtown Monterey.

Explore the Sanctuary Outside the Aquarium

Just off our decks is Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—the largest protected ocean area in the continental United States. It stretches from waters north of San Francisco south to Big Sur, and is home to one of the most productive ocean ecosystems on Earth.

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.