Under the Sea – at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

I didn’t mean to leave you hanging in Big Sur so I’m back to close out the road trip series with our last major stop in California – the Monterey Bay Aquarium – one of the top aquariums in the United States.

We were welcomed by Aqua Man and all manner of sea creatures, both great and small!

(Click on pictures in the gallery to enlarge them.)

All were wonderful but I enjoyed the jellies the most. The Moon Jelly and Crystal jelly are the first two in the gallery below, followed by the Bloodybelly Comb Jelly, Sea Nettle, and Purple-Striped Jelly. (Click on pictures in the gallery to enlarge them.)

Check out the link to the Aquarium for more on these marvelous creatures.

I was mesmerized by them and could have stayed and watched them all day. Instead, I took videos so you could watch them too.

Aren’t they mysterious? Why don’t see for yourself the next time you’re down in Monterey.

You’ll be glad you did!

~ Susanne

22 Comments on “Under the Sea – at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

  1. Aquariums are fascinating, I agree. It is a while since I visited the aquarium in our mega city here half way around the world. What we still remember is the stingrays ganging up on the divers who brought their food down to them. The divers each carried two buckets of food, and put one down to share out the food from the other bucket. The stingrays tipped over the buckets down on the “ground” and helped themselves to the contents.

  2. We were blown away by how vast and colorful the Aquarium is – so many exhibit, so much to see and gape at!

  3. What a wonderful tour and photos of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Susanne! I can’t believe I’ve never been there either! 😦 I’ve heard excellent things about it and it sure is great that we can all move about the planet these days!

    • Thanks, Terri. I’m glad you enjoyed it! I figured you must have been multiple times since you weren’t that far away! πŸ™‚ (Though the traffic getting out of the Bay area was pretty dreadful, so I understand that part.) We loved it and would definitely visit again. Seattle’s Aquarium has gotten better over the years, but I like the one in Monterey Bay the best. πŸ™‚

  4. Did they have any octopuses? Seattle’s aquarium has one but it seemed so sad and bored, I could hardly bear to watch her, fascinating as she was. Thanks for attracting me to your site!

    • Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚ Yes, they have octopus in the Monterey Aquarium, but I didn’t stop to see them. I live in the Seattle area and visited the aquarium here a couple years ago, too. On one hand I enjoyed watching the octopus but like you, felt bad seeing it confined.

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