Monterey Bay Aquarium


A family trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I’ve mentioned the zoos versus aquariums thing before.* By visiting so quickly after visiting the Oakland Zoo, it was nice to really see and confirm the difference.

*In my San Francisco Zoo gallery as well as the Art vs Science post.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is both extremely local and puts on special exhibitions highlighting specific aquatic life in similar ways that museums do. The two exhibitions this time were about jellyfish and seahorses—two animal types which photograph very well.

We spent a lot of time in the huge open sea tank due to child-interest reasons* and not enough time in the kelp forest or other local habitats.

*Hammer Shark!

Still, it was a rewarding trip and one which I always enjoy bringing my camera to.


Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at, and the web at

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