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Joint Forces Journal

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VOL. 24 - NO. 39
OCT 20 - 27, 2019
PO BOX 13283
OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Flashy Fishes, Colorful Crustaceans, Riveting Reptiles – Meet Them All at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

Jun 14, 2019
Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium (886 Cannery Row) in Monterey, CA. is a window to all sorts of marine life. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants, as its mission is to inspire conservation of the ocean. Visitors to the Monterey Bay Aquarium will experience seeing all types of flashy fishes, colorful crustaceans, and riveting reptiles. Now, you can meet them all it a new special exhibition, ”Viva Baja! Life on the Edge,” featuring animals from Baja’s deserts, mangrove forests and coral reefs.

One of the many highlights one must experience when visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium are the daily feedings, including the Sea Otter Feeding, where one can see how aquarists train and feed the playful sea otters. Here, one can learn how these otters help us understand otters in the wild. At the Penguin Feeding one learns how the African penguin colony is cared for, and what is done to help their wild kin, as you watch penguins feeding underwater. Also, be sure to take in the Open Sea feeding, presented in front of one of the world’s largest windows, where one can witness the feeding of tuna, sharks, sardines and others in this spectacular open sea exhibit. See who’s hungry and learn about the important roles these animals play to keep their habitats in balance. One can even watch the action behind-the-scenes on large-screen monitors.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium also presents many informative shows throughout the day in its auditorium, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. Some of the current performances include “Mysteries of the Deep,” where one sees how the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is using the deep waters of the Monterey Canyon as their laboratory — find out how tools such as underwater robots and other groundbreaking technologies are transforming our understanding of the amazing and bizarre creatures that call the deep sea home.

Also, with “Luna: A Sea Otter’s Story,” prepare to fall in love as you follow a single sea otter's journey — from stranding as an orphaned pup to rescue, care and release by Aquarium staff. Through Luna's story, you'll learn about the threats facing California's sea otter population, and what the Aquarium is doing to help.

Other film adventures include “Kelp Forest Feeding,” “Project White Shark,” “Journey to Baja: A Tale of Three Travelers,” “Albatross Encounter,” and Behind the Glass,” a fascinating short film that takes you behind the scenes at the Aquarium to find out how the staff cares for more than 40,000 animals and plants.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium also offers a number of special events, so when you plan your visit be certain to visit its website to learn more about upcoming events.

Need something to eat while at the Aquarium? No problem! The cafe offers a range of options from quick bites and casual meals to relaxing full service dining — all onsite and with incredible views of the Monterey Bay. Whether you're craving a simple snack or a multi-course meal, you'll find something tasty to satisfy your appetite, including brick-oven pizzas, made-to-order burgers, fresh-tossed salads and mouthwatering desserts. All of the dishes feature the freshest, local ingredients sourced from Monterey Bay and the Central Valley.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Christmas Day. For tickets or more information please visit


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