Monterey Bay Aquarium

I don’t normally split a single trip into several pages since it annoys me on other sites where you have to keep clicking “Next” just to get the complete story, however I was impressed enough with the Monterey Bay Aquarium that I thought it deserved separating out. There is another page for the commentary and pictures from Berkeley, Point Lobos and Carmel.

One of the main focal points in the aquarium is the Kelp Forest, a large tank with kelp and a diverse range of fish swimming around. Of course, as a long-time user of Linux I’m always impressed by penguins, and who wouldn’t love a playful sea otter?

Inside the kelp forest, Monterey Bay AquariumPenguins, Monterey Bay AquariumSea otter, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Most of the penguins were stood still but one was busy. It would carefully select a pebble, passing over most of the easily reached ones for that perfect stone. Picking it up in its beak, it would waddle over to a little cave, drop it in there and start over the whole process. Quite why I have no idea. The other penguins seemed either to be just as bemused or maybe just indifferent.

I was most impressed with the jellyfish. I had no idea that they were so diverse and beautiful. It was all helped by the nicely contrasting lighting.

Jellyfish, Monterey Bay AquariumJellyfish, Monterey Bay AquariumJellyfish, Monterey Bay AquariumJellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium

The bad news is that it was very dark and most of my pictures came out blurry, dark or both. I guess that just means you’ll have to go see it yourself!

5 thoughts on “Monterey Bay Aquarium”

  1. Nice photos, and yes (as the aquarium’s PR guy) I can attest that it’s a difficult environment for photographers. Some of the best professionals have run up on the rocks trying to solve the lighting challenges. Our staff photographer has solved many of them, and graciously shares tips on our web site, at http://www.mbayaq.org/vi/vi_aquarium/vi_aq_phototips.asp .

    You did a great job with the jellies especially. They’re among my favorites, too.

    I’m glad you enjoyed your California trip.

  2. Not usually a fan of jellyfish, I find I can make an exception for those you’ve captured. Niiiiice.

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