Our Honeymoon Adventures: Monterey Bay Aquarium
One of the most interesting and educational parts of our honeymoon was our visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Josh and I have visited several aquariums over the years, but this one was by far my favorite.
Located right on the water, this Cannery Row gem has many unique features. From the expansive deck overlooking Monterey Bay to the 1,200,000 US gallon “Open Sea” tank featuring great white sharks, this place also possesses a lot of wow-factor.
It was definitely a bit pricey ($99 for two people), but it is a non-profit organization. The people at Monterey Bay Aquarium are using our money to educate the public, better our environment, and care for marine life. Therefore, I think it’s worth the price.
I think one of the coolest things about the Monterey Bay Aquarium is that they actually pump in seawater from the bay for use in their tanks. According to Wikipedia, this water is filtered during the day for clarity but is left unfiltered during the evening in order to bring in plankton as a food source. (Monterey Bay Aquarium. 2017, February 18.) How cool is that?
Not only that, but there are loads of incredible creatures to see and learn about.
- Sea Turtles and Tortoises
- Penguins, Plovers, and Other Sea Birds
- Great White Sharks
- Too many different kinds of fish to count
- Southern Sea Otters
- and so much more.
I was happy with the number of diverse exhibits and I never felt bored. There was always something interesting around the next corner.
Even the gift shop was awesome! We were able to purchase a signed print (shown below) from a local artist named Maia Negre, as well as two classic books - Cannery Row by John Steinbeck and Big Sur by Jack Kerouac. In my opinion, these are the best kind of souvenirs - The ones that you will use! The print was Josh’s and my first piece of art purchased as a married couple, which now hangs prominently in our living room, and the books will be a part of our collection for years to come.
Overall, I was very impressed with our trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and I very highly recommend it.
It seems like the folks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium are truly interested in conserving our world’s oceans. When they’re not rescuing sick or injured otters, they’re researching and acting on ways to improve our oceans’ health. This is certainly a cause that I would like to support.
Did you know?
In 1750, about 15,000 Southern Sea Otters lived off of the California coast. However, by the early 1900s, there were only 50 left due to over-hunting. By 1920, they were nearly extinct. Thanks to conservation efforts, the number has now risen to about 3,000. (“Southern Sea Otters,” n.d.) Today, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is working to figure out why this number has not risen any further.
So, there you have it folks! If you are ever in the Monterey area, do yourself a favor and check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium! It’s a great place for kids and adults alike to learn about our oceans and the incredible creatures that call them home. I think you’ll find that it’s really something special.
Have you ever visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium? What did you think? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!
Monterey Bay Aquarium. (2017, February 18). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:29, March 22, 2017, from Wikipedia Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Monterey_Bay_Aquarium&oldid=766126983
Southern Sea Otters. (n.d.) Retrieved March 22, 2017, from Monterey Bay Aquarium website: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org