886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831 648-4800
Membership & donations: 800 840-4880
Sales center/reservations: 866 963-9645
The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM: Explore the wonders of our ocean planet in nearly 200 galleries and exhibits at one of the world’s finest aquariums. Highlights include one of the largest jellyfish collections anywhere, a two-story exhibit of playful sea otters, a towering three-story kelp forest, a million-gallon Open Sea exhibit with sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, tunas and more; a walk-through wave crash tunnel; and the award-winning Splash Zone family galleries with tropical corals and fishes, penguins, and other engaging animals and activities.
These beautiful, oval-shaped animals have eight rows of tiny comb-like plates that they beat to move themselves through the water. As they swim, the comb rows diffract light to produce a shimmering, rainbow effect.