Spot sharks, rays and other fishes as they cruise through our rocky reef.
Sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, spiny dogfish and the elusive Pacific angel shark all dwell in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit—like they do just beyond our walls in the cold waters of the bay. Designed with sharks in mind, this exhibit's 90-foot-long hourglass shape gives our big sharks plenty of room to glide and turn.
Watch carefully and you might see big skates and bat rays pass by the window, just like their shark kin. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for sturgeon coasting through the water, rockfish and giant sea bass relaxing by the reef, and flatfish nestling on the sandy seafloor.
Avoid traffic by hitching a free ride to the Aquarium on an MST trolley. Park in downtown Monterey and ride the Aquarium Direct Trolley for a streamlined trip. Or see the sites on the MST Trolley, which runs every 10 to 15 minutes between the Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf and downtown Monterey.
The broad shape of the hammerhead shark's head is thought to have evolved to give an enhanced field of view all around the shark's body. It may also give this shark added lift and help it make sharper turns. See this skillful shark over in our Open Sea exhibit!
Get an insider's look at the Aquarium by exploring exhibits with our most seasoned guides. Through their personal stories, you'll meet new animals and fishes, go behind the scenes with our jellies, and learn about groundbreaking research.
Are you visiting the Aquarium and also touring the San Francisco area? Purchase a San Francisco CityPASS ticket booklet and save on Aquarium admission, plus four more top Bay Area attractions.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.