Giant kelp provides food and shelter for a vibrant ecosystem.
Listen to live audio of our Kelp Forest feeding program and watch divers hand-feed sharks, fishes and other animals. If you're lucky, a wolf-eel will emerge to gulp some squid or fish.
See Cannery Row's kelp forest — both inside and outside our walls! The wild kelp forests inspired our founders to build the Aquarium over three decades ago. Walking through the Kelp Forest exhibit, you get a diver's-eye-view of the Monterey Bay, minus the wetsuit.
The National Portrait Gallery has commisioned a portrait of our Executive Director Julie Packard! See her stunning portrait and learn why she's been honored as the second woman in marine science to be included in the museum.
Spiny as it is, the California spiny lobster is actually spineless. This invertebrate sports a hard exoskeleton and hides in crevices to avoid the animals that would like to eat it for lunch. Watch our video and see its stunning colors and textures up close.
Before our doors open, there’s a symphony of movement behind the scenes as food is prepared and served to our 550 species. Find out what’s on the menu in our longest tour, Feeding Frenzy. You’ll even get to feed the fish!
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.