ADVENTURES IN OUR AMERICAN DREAM travel blog

We saw miles of artichokes on the way to Monterey

Cannery Row

Monterey Aquarium

A cool whale at the entrance

Rosa the otter info

The best picture I could get, she is constantly moving

Tidal pool outside

You could see starfish and other fish swimming

Zoom of starfish

Info

Another view

Jerry reaching to touch the Bat Ray

Another view

The bird aviary

Bird info

Bird 1

Bird 2

Bird 3

Bird 4

Birds 5

Bird 6

Bird 7

Zoom of birds on the rocks outside

Shark display

Starfish

We had lunch here

Portola Restaurant with a great view of the Pacific

Pool Tide & Pacific Views

The Outer Bay Info

Incredible Jellies!!

Close view

Another view

These jellyfish were small

More jellies

It was an incredible display

Seahorse

Seahorse

Seahorse

A cluster of seahorses

Most unusual seahorse

More

Info

Another

Several

More

Kelp

Schools of fish

Coral Reef Kingdom

Colorful fish

Fish

Look at this beauty!

More

Shrimp

Penquins

Sand Dollars

Last one


We had a fabulous day today visiting the Monterey area, beginning with the Monterey Aquarium.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. It is one of the largest aquariums in the world. It has an annual attendance of 1.8 million and holds 35,000 plants and animals representing 623 species.

We took so many pictures of the area, we may have to do this post in two parts. The new display on seahorses was outstanding. With heads like horses, tails like monkeys and pouches like kangaroos, these creatures are fascinating. We even saw a video of one giving birth, it was a male. :-)

Here is a paste from montereybayaquarium.org about the seahorses:

Something's Fishy about this Family

Seahorses, sea dragons, pipehorses and pipefishes come in many shapes and sizes, but beneath the surface they’re all fish, with fused jaws and bony plates in place of the scales normally associated with fish. Perhaps what most distinguishes seahorses from the rest of the animal kingdom is their unique life history—the males become pregnant and give birth. Seahorse fathers shelter their young in protective pouches, while sea dragon and pipefish fathers carry their young on spongy patches on the undersides of their tails. No one knows how many seahorses actually exist. That’s because identifying seahorses is difficult. The smallest known species, discovered in 2008, is the half-inch-long Satomi’s pygmy seahorse; the largest species is the potbelly seahorse, which grows to about 14 inches long. (End of paste)

We also loved the display of jellies. They had some that looked like leaves or weeds until they moved. They had an aviary with birds plus penguins. We could not get great pictures of the penguins because of the wet glass. This is a wonderful place to visit and we highly recommend it to all. I am adding a ton of pictures to show you a bit of what we saw. More later from California.

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