The best way to explore and experience the wonders of the oceans is an underwater dive. If you can’t, then the best alternative is visiting an aquarium. I wish someday I too will dive because the world inside the ocean is mysterious and unique. I got a glimpse of that world when a submarine took me down 106 ft below the surface of the sea in Hawaii. The charm was so enthralling that I keep going to aquariums. Recently I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the top things to do in Monterey, and loved watching another world in slow motion through glasses.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – A window to another world!
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Through my daughter’s eyes
I heard her giggle when she saw a turtle swim in front of her. Her eyes sparkled when she saw the group of Pacific sardines moving together everywhere!
I saw her scary wide eyes when she saw a big grey fish called giant sea bass. It is a slow-moving fish. In another 70 years, it could weigh more than 500 pounds. It swallows its prey in one big gulp.
In wildness is the preservtion of the world. ~ Henry David Thoreau
I saw how she was lost in her thoughts while seeing the exhibits of the beautiful jellyfishes. Those exhibits are living art galleries. The beautiful and intricate jellyfishes fascinated me too. We all loved watching the brilliant jellies pulse through the water.
Jellyfish The sea offers up flowers of glass like thick light. They are transparent landscapes ~ Raquel Jodorowsky #Travel Click To Tweet
The sea offers up flowers of glass like thick light. They are transparent landscapes ~ Raquel Jodorowsky
I saw wonder in her eyes when she saw the African Penguins. We were lucky to be present during the feeding time and loved hearing the valuable information given to us.
Wilderness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from ~ Terry Tempest Williams
I saw glitter in her eyes when she saw the colorful world of coral reefs. She surprised me and Siddhartha when she folded a paper and pointed us to it. She held it in such a way that it resembled the shape of a fish! It was abstract, imaginative, artistic and of course surprising!
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water ~ Loren Eiseley
Unique exhibits of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
I loved exploring the unique exhibits in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Every installation is done with care and a lot of thought has gone into it. Not for a single moment did I feel monotonous. I also loved reading the beautiful and appropriate quotes scattered on the walls of the aquarium. I tried to add all those quotes to this article. While going from one exhibit to another I caught a glimpse of the blue Pacific ocean – the endless wonder.If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water Click To Tweet
Kelp forest exhibit – One of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world
I have visited many aquariums in different parts of the world but the kelp forest exhibit in the Monterey Bay aquarium is unique. The 28 feet kelp forest is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world.I have visited many aquariums in different parts of the world but the kelp forest exhibit in the Monterey Bay aquarium is unique. The 28 feet kelp forest is one of the tallest aquarium exhibits in the world. Click To Tweet
Kelp forests are underwater ecosystems formed in shallow water by the dense growth of several different species known as kelps. Though they look very much like plants, kelps are actually extremely large brown algae. They are recognized as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on earth.
In one drop of water are found the secrets of all the endless oceans ~ Kahlil Gibran
Open Sea exhibit
The Open Sea exhibit is the aquarium’s largest exhibit. I loved watching the turtle, a group of sardines and sharks among other creatures through a 90-foot wide window.
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous ~ Aristotle
Apart from the food I loved the views from the dining area. I sat with a tuna sandwich while watching the boats passing by, white swans and beautiful birds. I saw a lady gracefully looking at the ocean for quite some time and could not resist myself from freezing the moment through my lens.
The aquarium has several play areas for children of various ages. I loved watching my girl play with other children and enjoyed an area where I felt I was under a sea wave. It was fun! Not only the children but the adults too were enjoying the splash without getting wet!
Where to stay near Monterey Bay Aquarium
Best Western Park Crest Inn – It is located 2 mi from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and provides guests with a daily continental breakfast.
I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium once before as well. Two pictures from the same spot inside this aquarium is an uncanny reminder that our children grow fast. Let’s always strive to add a bit of art and a smidge of science in their childhood.
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Disclosure: I received two press tickets for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As always, all opinions are my own.