Monterey Bay Aquarium’s ‘Open Sea’ focuses on migrations

Special to the Los Angeles Times

The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s new exhibit, “The Open Sea,” simulates the migration of ocean animals across the Pacific Ocean. The three-gallery, $19-million display replaces the Outer Bay exhibit at the attraction in Monterey, Calif.

The dynamic intersection of fast and slow species plays out behind a panoramic, 90-foot window where tuna, mackerel, barracudas, sardines and sandbar sharks (new to the aquarium) mingle with turtles, stingrays and sunfishes on currents of plankton and jellies. A young great white shark may join the ebb and flow later this summer.

Tufted puffins have also taken up residence at the Cannery Row facility, where they will dive, preen and swim and feast on frozen food rather than live fish.

“The Open Sea” incorporates artwork from three artists – Bryant Austin, Chris Jordan and Alison McDonald– who focus on the dangers facing ocean animals.


Admission to the aquarium is $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors and students and $19.95 for children 3 to 12. It is open 9:30 a. m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Christmas Day. It is open until 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Sept. 4.

Contact: Monterey Bay Aquarium, Advance tickets good for one year may be purchased online or by phone at (866) 963-9645. Same-day tickets are also sold on site.