The Monterey Bay Aquarium is just too big to fit into one post. If you missed last week’s intro to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, check it out!
There is a large children’s section at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It houses interactive displays and a playground. I loved this lesson board on eels. I couldn’t even tell they weren’t real at first!
From the children’s section, we continued on to visit the smartly dressed penguins!
We admired the playful penguins, not to be confused with the distinguished puffin!
You don’t have to stick to just visiting the animals while at the aquarium. There is a large wrap around patio area where you can soak up the views or try your luck at viewing some animals in the wild!
There are also several cultural performances throughout the day. We lucked out and were able to catch a show done by a local Native American tribe.
One thing we made sure not to miss was the sea otter feeding! We set our alarm and made sure that we secured a good spot. It’s one of my favorite displays and we especially wanted to see them up close after glimpsing a few in the wild along the 17 Mile Drive!
Trainers used feeding time as a training opportunity. Otters are naturally playful and they seemed to enjoy the chase to get their food!
Rather than eat all of their food right away, the sea otters opted to carry it around with them for a little while. They treasured their little treats while swimming, spinning and playing…never letting their snack fall though!
This one looks ready for a nap after his meal!
One even decided to enjoy his own private hot tub! That’s my kind of otter!