The Monterey Bay Aquarium was definitely one of the highlights of our trip for me. We were a little shy to pay the $35 per person admission fee, but the second we laid eyes on the Jellies exhibit, we were mesmerized. The free-flowing colorful jellies were just so beautiful and relaxing to look at. But then, we walked into the Open Sea exhibit and were completely blown away. We probably could have stood in front of that 90-foot window for the entire day. The giant tank showcases sharks, tuna, sardines and sea turtles all glazing past the glass, just inches away from your face. We were immediately enamored, intrigued, and amazed and pretty much stayed that way throughout our entire tour of the aquarium.
I feel like I only captured a fraction of everything we saw, but I hope you'll enjoy these pictures and perhaps be inspired to visit an aquarium or learn more about oceans and marine life.
When we entered the Open Sea exhibit and walked up to the 90-foot glass window, I saw a school of massive tuna glide past the panel and excitedly whispered to Brad, "Is this fake?" I think I then squealed with more excitement as I walked closer to examine these marvelous creatures up-close and personal and realized they were real.
^^ The whole time there I found myself singing this Beatles song in my head. (PS... click here to see one of my all-time favorite on-stage performances which happens to be set to this song.)
^^ No, this is not a piece of seaweed. It's a seahorse!
^^ Monterey Bay
I'd like to end this post with a short photo series I call "Bradford Looking at Things."
*This post is part of a series chronicling our two-week road trip vacation through California, Utah, and Nevada. Click here to read about our other road trip adventures: