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!

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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!

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From the children’s section, we continued on to visit the smartly dressed penguins!

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We admired the playful penguins, not to be confused with the distinguished puffin! Monterey Bay Aquarium | www.sweetteasweetie.com

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!

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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.

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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!

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Trainers used feeding time as a training opportunity. Otters are naturally playful and they seemed to enjoy the chase to get their food!

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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!

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This one looks ready for a nap after his meal!

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One even decided to enjoy his own private hot tub! That’s my kind of otter!

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What’s your favorite exhibit when you go to the aquarium?

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