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See what's in the sea

5.0 Stars

As we cycled from San Francisco to Los Angeles, we spent the long days in the saddle staring out into the ocean, listening to it crash against the rocks and pondering its vast expanse and the secrets within. Occasionally we noticed huge swaths of seaweed floating out at sea, but didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium that we learned that what we were seeing was just the very top of a thriving underwater ecosystem, the kelp forest. Its similarity to a terrestrial forest blew our minds.

For the most part, the aquarium is ethical and ecologically minded. There are no large mammals such as whales or walruses. And the rescued sea otters are adorable. We managed to get in for free, but even if you have to pay, the aquarium is well worth it. We spent hours there and only left because we were hungry for seafood.

On Wed Jul 8, 2009 | Back to Monterey Bay Aquarium