Spot sharks, rays and other fishes as they cruise through our rocky reef.
Sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, spiny dogfish and the elusive Pacific angel shark all dwell in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit—like they do just beyond our walls in the cold waters of the bay. Designed with sharks in mind, this exhibit's 90-foot-long hourglass shape gives our big sharks plenty of room to glide and turn.
Watch carefully and you might see big skates and bat rays pass by the window, just like their shark kin. Plus, keep your eyes peeled for sturgeon coasting through the water, rockfish and giant sea bass relaxing by the reef, and flatfish nestling on the sandy seafloor.
The impacts of climate change are growing. Major scientific reports confirm extreme weather events, like the devastating wildfires in California, are getting worse as a result of man-made carbon pollution. Executive Director Julie Packard addresses these events and what we can do, together, to protect our beautiful blue planet.
A third scalloped hammerhead shark has been added to our Open Sea exhibit. These beautiful sharks are between one and two years old. For the past year, they've been growing up at our off-site Animal Research and Care Center, but now are big enough to join the community of fishes on exhibit.
Earlier this spring, researchers traveled to a remote stretch of open sea known as the White Shark Café. They hoped to learn what draws sharks to this area every year. The team discovered an oasis of ocean life previously undetected by satellite images.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.