Monterey Aquarium

The Monterey aquarium is known for displays of the ocean life in the bay. We visited several times previously.
In December 2014 we visited the aquarium to see the special exhibit about jelly fish. There are a few pictures
from the aquarium in 2000 at https://annetteandbjorn.wordpress.com/travels/aquarium-visits/.

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The aquarium is located in an old sardine cannery, along Cannery row. This photo
was taken  at opening time.  Arrive early, and buy tickets online to avoid long queues.

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Plan of the aquarium.

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There is a large souvenir shop near the entrance, plus a separate shop for the Tentacles exhibit.

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The otter feeding is very popular, and can be viewed in the two-story aquarium in the background.

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Very good contact with the ocean outside.

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Entrance to the open sea exhibit.

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Sardines swimming in a circle over the entrance hall.

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The two story tank showing a kelp forest, as is found in the ocean outside, and a diver feeding the fish.

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The kelp forest with a school of sardines.

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Sardines

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One of the special exhibits is called Tentacles.

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The historic perspective of tentacles explained.

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There is a very good exhibit of squid (the squid under with its reflection over).

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A sleeping octopus.

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A mechanical display in the Tentacles exhibit.

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There is a special jelly fish exhibit. (http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/exhibits/the-jellies-experience)

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Inside the special jellies exhibit

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Even the lamps are specially designed as jelly fish.

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 The exhibits of jelly fish have very good explanations about each type.

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These are “flame jellies”, or Medusa flameante

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Spotted jelly, Medusa moteada.

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Spotted jelly, Medusa moteada.

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Upside down jellies. The tentacles float up to catch food and light used in photosynthesis by the algae that live in its cells.

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Indonesian sea nettle, Ortiga de Indonesia

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Indonesian sea nettle, Ortiga de Indonesia

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Baby jellyfish.

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Explanations about jelly fish.

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Special jelly fish exhibit.

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Special jelly fish exhibit, using mirrors for multiplication effects. The cylinders display Moon jellies.

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Some displays show very tiny jelly fish.

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Umbrella jelly, Medusa paraguas.

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Moon jelly, Medusa luna.

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Moon jelly, Aurelia aurita.

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Black sea nettle, Ortiga de mar negra.

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Moon jelly, Aurelia labiata

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Lions mane jelly, Medusa melena de léon.

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Crystal jelly, Medusa de cristal

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Comb jelly, Beroe spp..

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Monterey Aquarium

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