Santa Cruz locals will love the Monterey Bay Aquarium because it is an excellent introduction to our local Santa Cruz sea life!
Nature enthusiasts and Santa Cruz local’s, Melissa and David Cruz went down to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and we are excited about sharing our experience.
While gazing through the circular aquarium window, a sea turtle swam up and surprised us! The crowd around us had a good laugh as we yelped with a happy startle. To keep from being surprised from the sea turtles in the aquarium on your visit, keep an eye out for bubbles!
Our favorite part of the Aquarium was getting to interact with the live ocean life on display in water tanks. Creatures such as red sea cucumbers, green crabs, yellow, purple and blue star fish gave visitors plenty to play with. The guides allow you to touch and get up close and personal with sea creatures usually only seen in ocean movies. Neatest of all was the variety of exotic sea horses. Look for the dragon sea horses, their majestic long bodies gently swim by, as a flying dragon would float through the clouds.
The jelly fish will also not let you down, the most memorable where the glow in the dark ones that blink up and flash like slot machine L.E.D.s. Also, don’t forget to spend some time in the art exhibit display. Ocean wildlife was created completely from recycled sea trash for an excellent presentation. It is a juxtaposition to have beautiful sea otters made of sea trash however it is a good reminder that we are the care takers of our vast blue seas.
If money is tight or if you cant make it out to the Monterey Bay Aquarium soon enough, don’t forget that the same bay that is internationally known for its jellyfish and whales is the same coast that we have right here in Santa Cruz! Small tide pools along our Santa Cruz coast are a great introduction to our local starfish, anemones and hermit crabs which will only motivate you more to arrange your visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium!