Kelp Forest Cam

Live Web Cam: 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Pacific Time    Today's Feeding Times: 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m.

You are watching a pre-recorded, off-hours video of the Kelp Forest Cam.

  • Sea otter surrogate mother and pup resting together

    Sea otters keep kelp forests healthy

    By eating urchins, crabs and other algae nibblers, sea otters play a vital role in creating balanced and resilient coastal ecosystems. We work to rescue and rehabilitate stranded or injured sea otters and release them into places they’re desperately needed.

Giant kelp provides food and shelter for a vibrant ecosystem.

Look closely and you'll discover an astonishing diversity of fish and invertebrates swimming in our Kelp Forest exhibit and clinging to the kelp and algae.

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.

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Kelp Yourself

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.

Help Serve Breakfast to Our Animals!

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!

View Our Kelp Forest Curriculum

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