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.