Monterey Bay Cam

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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.

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Help Save Sea Otters While Doing Your Taxes!

Help save sea otters by donating to the California Sea Otter Fund when you fill out your California income tax form. The fund supports researchers (including us!) working to understand and conserve the threatened southern sea otter.

How Do Researchers Count Fish?

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute has developed a new camera system called the Benthic Observation Survey System, or BOSS, that will greatly help researchers survey fish populations along the California coast.

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.