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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

Come to The Party on October 1!

Eat, drink and dance the night away at our final Cooking for Solutions event of 2016. Stroll through our exhibits while tasting ocean-friendly food and drink by more than 60 restaurants, wineries and breweries until 10 p.m., when the Marine Mammal Gallery turns into an underwater nightclub. Ages 21 and up.

Our Otherworldly Bigfin Reef Squid

Our bigfin reef squid may look like visitors from another planet, but they're actually raised here at the Aquarium behind the scenes. The squid are barely a quarter-inch long when they hatch, but can grow to more than a foot. See them now in Tentacles!

¡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.