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¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge

The slithery. The scaly. The spectacularly showy. Discover incredible animals from land and sea in this special exhibition featuring creatures from the coastal habitats of Baja California. Life here thrives on the edge of sand and surf, where rugged desert coastline meets the sapphire waters of the Pacific.




In this Exhibit

Bluespotted jawfish

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Cortez rainbow wrasse

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Desert tortoise

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Golden trevally

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Lookdown

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Mountain kingsnake

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Pacific seahorse

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Panamic green moray eels

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Staghorn hermit crab

Bluespotted jawfish

Opistognathus rosenblatti

This colorful fish keeps busy digging, building and remodeling its den, using its mouth to shovel and arrange sand and bits of coral. Then it hovers near its home looking for predators and prey.

Beautiful Baja

This 800-mile-long narrow peninsula in northwestern Mexico is separated from the mainland by the Gulf of California. With almost 2,000 miles of coastline, sun-scorched desert, lush mangrove forests and colorful coral reefs, Baja is a land of contrasts, where unique plants and animals survive and thrive.

View map of Baja

Baja coastline
Mangrove
Coral reef

The Beauty Below: Cabo Pulmo

The warm waters off Baja's southern tip support a tropical treasure—the reefs of Cabo Pulmo and their dazzling denizens. After decades of overfishing depleted its rich marine life, conservation groups worked with the Mexican government to protect the Cabo Pulmo reef—one of the oldest coral reefs in the northern Pacific Ocean. It's now a designated National Marine Park as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Whale in Baja

The Current Connects Us

The California Current carries many animals on epic migrations between the cool waters of the northern Pacific and the warm waters of Baja California. Gray whales, brown pelicans and elephant seals are just a few of the species that pass through Monterey Bay on their travels. Some find a feast in Baja's fertile seas. Others go to give birth in the safe shelter of coastal lagoons.