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Our energetic and inquisitive African penguins are visitor favorites.

Watch carefully and you might even see them 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."

Don't Miss

Join Us for Our World Ocean Day Celebration

Join us June 4–5 as we celebrate the amazing ecosystem that covers 70 percent of our planet, and present actor, filmmaker and environmentalist Adrian Grenier with the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award. Enjoy live musical performances and crafts for kids. Free with Aquarium admission!

Meet Our Newest Penguin, Amigo!

This three-and-a-half-month-old penguin chick hatched at the Aquarium on January 19, weighing a mere 2.5 ounces (70 g). Raised mostly behind the scenes, he's now almost 7 pounds (3 kg) and making his debut in our African penguin colony!

¡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!

Share the Love with an Aquarium Gift Card

Give your friends and family an Aquarium experience they'll never forget! Our gift cards can be used for admission tickets, Aquarium Adventures tours and activities, membership, the Gift & Bookstore, Cindy's Waterfront restaurant and the Cafe. Gift cards are available for purchase at the Aquarium, or by calling (866) 963-9645 Monday through Friday.

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.