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Monterey Bay Aquarium( Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times )
Dawn is coming soon. The lights are off, the sound system silent and the beasts of the Monterey Bay Aquarium have the place mostly to themselves: the otters, the anemones, the octopuses, the great white shark in the big tank, the lame young albatross in its rooftop cage -- and Kacey Kurimura, who's at the kitchen sink in her apron and waterproof boots, reaching for a knife.
Maybe the sea never sleeps, but this is how the day begins at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Before this one is over, 2,881 visitors will troop through, that young shark will fill up on a mere 3 1/2 pounds of fish, the albatross will dance with a new friend. And the jellyfish expert will get stung, which happens about three times a week.
-- Christopher Reynolds
Read more: Behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Planning your trip:
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is about 320 miles (5 1/2 hours) from downtown Los Angeles to Monterey. www.montereybayaquarium.org.