Monterey Bay Aquarium 2/25/12

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is amazing. Yesterday, I was able to go with a few members of the California State University, Sacramento Field Biology Group. If you live in California it is a must see. If you are visiting California it is a must see. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a diverse variety of marine creatures. They are well known for their otter, tuna, jellyfish, and seahorse exhibits. They’ve also had juvenile Great White Sharks in their exhibits. Sadly, on this trip they didn’t have one on display.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has some amazing displays that feature fish involved in the cannery history of the region. Some of these are anchovies and sardines.

Anchovy in a school


Anchovy stretching its large mouth which is used to filter feed plankton


Sardine School

The open sea exhibit is fascinating with lots of large fish. These include Bluefin Tuna, Turtles, Sharks, and Mola mola ocean sunfish.

Bluefin Tuna


Bluefin Tuna


Bluefin Tuna


Green Sea Turtle


Mahi mahi, also known as Dolphin Fish or Dorado


Mola mola, better known as the Ocean Sunfish. Easily a candidate for coolest fish on the planet.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a fantastic collection of Seahorses and Pipefish.

Pacific Seahorse



Dwarf Seahorse




Weedy Sea Dragon

Perhaps my favorite fish in the Seahorse exhibits are the elegant Leafy Sea Dragons.

Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon

A group of Leafy Sea Dragons

Leafy Sea Dragons

The Jellyfish display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is spectacular with some crazy looking jellyfish.

Lions Mane Jellyfish

Sea Nettle


Otters always look like they are having fun.

This adult otter was being annoyed by a pup who wanted to play



Here are some of the other critters from the trip.


Batfish hiding along the substrate


A couple of tiny Yellow Coral Gobies lounging on their coral


Feeding time in one of the tanks.

Surf Perch


Surf Perch. They are cool. Females give live birth to their young after a gestation period of around 5 months.


Not sure what this fish is but it is pretty


Sanddab hiding. Can you find him.


Rainbow Surf Perch


Pyramid Butterfly Fish


Leopard Shark




Flat Fish




Cownose Ray


Convict Tang


Copper Banded Butterfly Fish and Shrimp

Next time you are in California, take some time to visit the fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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