Our energetic and inquisitive African blackfooted 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."
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.
Explore a dozen live exhibits of octopuses and their kin, including the world's largest octopus and the world's smallest squid, in our highly anticipated special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes. You won't believe your eyes.
March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb as stormy winter weather gives way to a milder spring. Now April is coming in like a lion, too—with the latest addition to our Splash Zone galleries. The new arrival—the captivating and beautiful lionfish—isn’t just another pretty face. It’s an infamous fish that carries an important conservation message.
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.