Monterey Bay Aquarium – Deep and Dark

There are three galleries with large tanks at Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The kelp forest is the most well known, and the open ocean tank (which was closed for renovation while I was there) is the new shining star.  The third is the tank in the Deep Waters gallery, which shows us the deep water zone at the edge of the kelp forest.  The water is deeper and darker there, and the animals are larger and more predatory.  The bottom is rich in life forms that eek out a living on the organic matter that descends to them from the brighter kelp forests.  Overall, I think this gallery is one of the most interesting.  You will especially enjoy the ‘gimoungous’ octopus!

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