Monterey Bay Aquarium History.
The aquarium web site has a wonderful pictorial history feature starting from the early 1900s when canneries occupied the Monterey waterfront to construction of an amazing facility to current new features and events.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is at the forefront of educating people about sustainable fisheries. To that end, they have a great menu, so to speak, of fish to choose from as you shop for your family or dine at restaurants, from Coho Salmon to Pacific Sanddabs. The pages show how fish are caught, suitable alternatives if they are endangered or how they're caught endangers other marine life. And this is cool - a Seafood Watch app for Android and iPhones.
Wow. 55 mouth-watering recipes from renowned chefs for how to prepare seafood from catfish to tuna.
After years of construction using a $55 million gift from David and Lucille Packard (he of Hewlett Packard fame), the Monterey Bay Aquarium opened in 1984. The construction itself was fascinating, watching an old, run-down block of sardine cannery remnants evolve into one of the pre-eminent aquariums in the world.
Now host to nearly two million visitors per year, the aquarium contains more than 600 species of wildlife, from penguins and otters to crabs, sardines and fluorescent jellyfish.
Plan at least half a day to see it. The aquarium has no public parking but there are spaces all around Cannery Row and two large public parking structures a couple of blocks away. It's a pleasant stroll to the aquarium and if you're a member you can skip the holiday/weekend lines with the members entrance. Membership costs about what it costs to visit the aquarium twice a year, so if it's feasible, join.
Highlights include the Ocean Sea with one of the largest panes of glass
in the world. Visitors stand amazed as tuna and needle-nosed sharks
swim by or look in awe as a giant sunfish, larger than a small car,
floats in the midst...
The aquarium has four bookstores, including the largest bookstore in Monterey, stocked with an extensive assortment of books on marine life, the California coast, ecology and biodiversity. A self-service cafe is open form 11:00 - 5:00 pm and the newly renovated Cindy's Waterfront restaurant is open from 11:00 - 3:00 pm.
You'll love the quantity and quality of the Aquarium's highly-trained volunteers - they seem like real marine biologists. Very helpful and many speak different languages - as noted on their name tags.