Get an up-close look at the delicate sea nettles in our Open Sea exhibit.
Watch our sea nettles as their long tentacles and lacey mouth-arms move smoothly through the water. But don't let these unassuming invertebrates fool you—their graceful trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used for hunting. When their tentacles touch tiny drifting prey, the stinging cells paralyze it and stick tight. The prey is moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it's digested.
Our innovative aquarists cracked the code to raising beautiful, rainbow-generating comb jellies behind the scenes. You can see several members of this shimmering species on display in our Open Sea exhibit.
Hop aboard the MST trolley for a fast, fun and free ride to the Aquarium! The trolley runs every 10 to 15 minutes with stops in downtown Monterey, Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Aquarium. Look for the electric trolley in the fleet for an emission-free trip!
See the Aquarium in a whole new light with extended summer hours until 8 p.m. on Saturdays from June 30 to September 1. Linger at your favorite exhibits after the crowds have gone, and enjoy wine, live music and sustainable bites.
Our standards-based curriculum has been developed to provide educators with easy-to-use, Aquarium-centered science activities for the classroom.