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10 of the world's most impressive aquariums

otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium

Photo: Ruth Geach/Flickr

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Monterey Bay, California

Sitting on California’s scenic Central Coast, this unique aquarium has a huge array of animals — over 600 species in total. Fresh ocean water from Monterey Bay is pumped into some of the exhibits, making a more-natural habitat for the aquarium’s many marine residents. A unique jellyfish exhibit, a giant octopus tank, a sea otter habitat, a seabird aviary, great white sharks and several exhibits dedicated to local wildlife (including a kelp forest) are a few of this ocean-side aquarium's many highlights. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s research branch is heavily involved in the study of the world's oceans. Its projects include deep-sea research, studies on climate change and ocean chemistry, and sustainable fisheries.

Check out the aquarium's kelp forest cam below: