We really enjoyed the couple hours we spent at the aquarium. We have seen penguins and sea otters being fed before so we didn't go to those areas when the rest of the mob did. This opened up lots of other exhibits to view easily. The best part for us was the giant octopus whose was bright red and very active when we were there. This was really fun to watch but it can be very hard with pictures because you can't use a flash. The other great exhibit was the puffins. It's mating season so they were very active swimming and flying around and generally being cute and goofy. This exhibit again can be difficult to photograph in the lower light with as much movement as they do. The jellies exhibit was also impressive and against the blue background the colors were impressive. These were great for photos! We skipped most of the interactive areas that are really meant for kids, so I think we spent about 1.5 - 2 hours total at the aquarium. Overall a must do if you are visiting Monterey.
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