Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy 25th Birthday to the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium turns 25 today. The aquarium ha welcomed over 46 million visitors in their 25 years of operation. They have also distributed over 32 million Seafood Watch guides in the ten years since it was created. The aquarium is routinely ranked as the No. 1 aquarium in the country.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is the only institution to successfully exhibit great white sharks and has also been a pioneer of jellyfish exhibits inspiring other similar exhibits around the world. In fact, the new jellyfish exhibit at the Newport Aquarium (KY) in the Greater Cincinnati area looks quite like the Monterey Bay Aquarium's past exhibit "Jellies: Living Art" (now an online only exhibit.)

The aquarium website features an interactive timeline of major milestones from inspiration, to construction to the present day.

So wish the Monterey Bay Aquarium a Happy 25th Birthday, and, if you are a Monterey County resident, you can come and celebrate free of charge (you'll just need to bring proof of residence.) The aquarium will also have a special feeding at the Kelp Forest exhibit at 11:30 a.m. According to the aquarium's Sea Notes blog: "rumor has it, the fish are getting a special birthday cake, and there’s definitely human cake for the first 2,500 guests. We hope you can join us, in person or online."