Monterey Bay Cam

Live Web Cam: 24 hours a day
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Our Monterey Bay cam offers a peek from the Aquarium's ocean-view decks.

From this vantage point, you can identify a number of the birds and sea mammals that find refuge in Life on the Bay. Look for black cormorants perched on a rock, perhaps stretching their wings to dry. Watch the water's surface; you might see a harbor seal poke its head out of the water, or a sea otter wrapped in kelp.

Monterey Bay is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. This safe haven is home to a rich variety of fishes, plants, marine mammals and birds.

Don't Miss

We're Suckers for Red!

Don't miss the new red octopus now on display in our Tentacles special exhibition. You might also come across one when tidepooling, and researchers say the red octopus is the most common animal found along the continental shelf—at depths of 600 feet!

Learn the History of Monterey Bay

Performed in and around our Great Tide Pool, our Turning the Tide show tells the stories of the people who immigrated to Monterey to harvest our bay's abundant waters. Live actors bring this rich and interesting story to life.

Explore the Sanctuary Outside the Aquarium

Just off our decks is Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—the largest protected ocean area in the continental United States. It stretches from waters north of San Francisco south to Big Sur, and is home to one of the most productive ocean ecosystems on Earth.

Take a Virtual Tour

What’s it like to see the bay from the Aquarium’s ocean-view decks? Find out now with Google Maps Street View. In just a few clicks you can get a 360-degree look from outside the Aquarium, then head inside and stroll through our exhibit galleries.

View Our Life on the Bay Curriculum

Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.