19 Mar

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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):

Amazing #aquarium & we've just arrived!

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  • 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 A wolf eel feeding from a diver in the Kelp Farm tank

 

The current exhibits of Seahorses and Jellies were both beautiful to watch.  Here’s a couple of videos of them:

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