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Our energetic and inquisitive African penguins are visitor favorites.

Watch carefully and you might even see the African penguins in our Splash Zone exhibit communicating with each other. When penguins flap their wings or bow their heads, they're telling each other how they feel. Throwing their heads back and wings out means "I'm happy." Leaning forward and opening their beaks means "Go away."

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Join Us for Evenings by the Bay!

See the Aquarium in a whole new light with extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on select weekend dates. Linger at your favorite exhibits after the crowds have gone, and enjoy wine, live music and sustainable bites.

Our Penguins March for Science

Our African penguins waddled in support of the power of science to protect our shared ocean during Earth Day 2017's global "March for Science" movement. 

¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge Now Open

It's a land and sea adventure starring rainbow-colored fishes, round-bellied iguanas and other amazing animals from Baja's desert, mangrove forests and coral reefs. Get a glimpse of Baja, by way of Monterey!

View Our Splash Zone & Penguins Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.