Monterey Bay Aquarium – Open Sea Gallery

I am in San Jose, CA, this weekend visiting friends and giving a talk to the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association.  I made the pilgrimage to Monterey for lunch and a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I only shot video of one gallery this time.  I have several videos of this wonderful aquarium already posted, but I cannot go to any aquarium without making at least one video.  The Open Sea gallery is unique.  There are lots of places with kelp forests, tide pools, coral reefs and rocky shores.  Monterey Bay Aquarium is the only place I have been to with big tuna!  Enjoy…

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Open Sea

Over a year ago I posted a series of videos of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but when I was there the Open Sea exhibit was undergoing a major renovation.  I was able to use my iPhone to shoot some footage of the completed tank when I was in Monterey last weekend.  To be honest, I had forgotten that I had not been able to include a video of the Open Sea exhibit in the original series, and did not take my video camera to California with me.  The iPhone did a decent job, though the resolution is not as clear as I would like and the brightness is lacking.  But the aquarium is dimly lit…  Our timing of the visit was good though.  We caught one of the daily feedings!  Enjoy…

Another Day in Monterey

I just got back from a fun weekend visiting friends at the Pacific Coast Aquarium Association in San Jose, California.  Whenever I get a chance to go to northern California I make a pilgrimage to one of my favorite places, the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I actually did not think that we would have time this trip, so I did not take any cameras with me (shocking… I know).  Luckily I had plenty of storage space in my iPhone!  Here is a video featuring three cool animals.  Leafy sea dragons are always very photogenic.  The Pharaoh cuttlefish were only 4″ long the last time I was here, and now they are all grown up and spawning!  The new fish to me, however, were the alligator pipefish.  These I am going to have to get…  Enjoy.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Shorelines

We are almost through our tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  This episodes features the Aviary and Touch Pools (on the aquarium’s map), but I have always referred to that corner of the building as the ‘Shoreline’.  This section has displays that feature different aspects of the estuaries, beaches and rocky areas around Monterey Bay.  There are also some cool fresh water displays.  I especially like the sticklebacks.  When I was editing the final cut of this video, I decided that the sound was perfect without interjecting the peaceful scenes with my voice.  Enjoy…

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!

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Coral Reefs

Here is a short video that continues my tour of Monterey Bay Aquarium from last Spring.  This is one of my favorite aquariums to visit and photograph… except for ONE aquarium that appears at the end of this video.  And that tank has to be one of my favorite small reef displays anywhere!  Someday I will get a chance to visit after dark when the glare from the windows is not a problem…

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Jellyfish and Seahorses

The Jellyfish Gallery at Monterey Bay Aquarium has been recently updated, and I happened to be there just after it reopened.  A part of that renovation is the large Outer Bay aquarium (which holds tuna, other large pelagic fish and was at one time the home to a great white shark), but that tank had not reopened yet.  I have something to look forward to on my next visit!

The aquarium also features a couple temporary exhibits, and one of them is the Secret Lives of Seahorses.  This gallery has been open for quite a while, and the curators have been making great strides in the breeding and raising of seahorses.  While I was there one of the weedy sea dragon males was carrying eggs.  Hopefully the staff will be successful in rearing the fry once they are born.

This video is a little different than most of the tours I have posted.  I decided to forgo commentary and let the visual tell it all.  Enjoy.

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Kelp Forest

The Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA, is one of my favorite places to spend a day.  I first went there in 20o7, and my visit last week was my fourth time through.  This time around I had a video camera!  I plan on showing the aquarium in six installments.  Yes… there is that much to share!

The first video in the series shows the crown jewel exhibit:  The Kelp Forest.  This 28 foot deep living kelp aquarium was the first of its kind in the world.  Monterey Bay Aquarium pioneered some technologies and management systems that make the display possible, and all the other kelp forest displays that have popped up all over the world benefit from the knowledge gleaned from this display.  I can sit and stare at it for hours, especially the huge school of sardines.