Monterey Bay Aquarium
I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with the family, a few weeks ago. It is simply fantastic. In fact, I cannot praise it enough. Its huge, well laid out, super clean and the exhibits are amazing. A full list of the exhibits in the aquarium can be found on their website, here.
I loved the gigantic Kelp Forest tank, which consists of 4 huge viewing windows into the expansive tank that has all sorts of marine line to watch (including sardines, leopard sharks, wolf-eels and a host of other fishes):
Our kelp plants grow an average of about four inches a day and require weekly underwater gardening by scuba divers who untangle and trim the fast-growing plants.
Don’t be surprised if you see rockfish hanging motionless or even upside down among the kelp blades. These fish can hover without sinking or floating because they have a gas-filled sac called a swim bladder helps them stay put.
Pumps push up to 2000 gallons of sea water a minute through the exhibit and a specially designed surge machine creates the constant water movement that kelp needs to survive.
And we had a special treat during the Kelp Forest feeding when the Wolf Eel made a rare appearance (unless they tell everyone that!):A wolf eel feeding from a diver in the Kelp Farm tank