Living under the sea

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California, USA

This is an incredible aquarium with so much to see and experience. The Open Sea exhibit is a HUGE tank that allows you to observe sunfish, hammerheads, sea turtles and mahi mahi tuna. There are wonderful touch tanks of intertidal critters with knowledgeable docents to help. The sea otters and penguins are great fun to watch. For the tech-savy, the Mission to the Deep exhibit highlights research with AUVs and ROVs  exploring the Monterey Canyon.

The giant kelp forest at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Here are some great questions to talk about after exploring the touch pools:

  1. What are some ways that critters survive in the tidal zone with waves crashing over them?
  2. What is the most unique feeding strategy you learned about?
  3. How do different sea creatures use camouflage to help them survive?