The last time I visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium was with my family over 15 years ago so I was very excited that we had time to stop by on this trip. The weather was cool, crisp, and salty. We arrived there early and there was already a line to get in, along with lots of groups of children on field trips.
I had no idea that sardines opened their mouths that way to filter plankton . I did find myself giggling as I was taking the photo because I kept thinking about the sardines on the show Spongebob Squarepants.
We first checked out the Penguin Exhibit. We learned about their breeding behaviors, nesting, and how they raise their young.
After the penguin feeding, we rushed over to The Open Sea. It was definitely my favorite exhibit. The Open Sea is a one-million gallon tank that simulates the migration of ocean animals across the Pacific Ocean. We got there early to nab a seat in the front for their feeding demonstration.
My favorite… the ocean sunfish aka molas!!
Scalloped hammerhead shark
Blacktip reef shark
There was an order to the feeding process. They first lured the sunfish away, cause he doesn’t move fast enough to not get hurt. Then they started feeding all the other big fishes. Last to eat were the sardines.
After the feeding, we headed over to the Jellies Experience Exhibit. This was the Purple-striped jelly.
Lion’s mane jelly
Checkout Part 2 of my visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium