The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been on various “top 10” lists of aquariums and attractions published by Travel + Leisure Family, Parents Magazine, and TripAdvisor.
Having seen the place jam-packed with visitors on the several occasions I’ve been there, including earlier this month, those ratings come as no surprise.
The Aquarium is known for its captivating displays of sea life, including the recently opened “Tentacles” exhibit of cephalopods, the only one of its kind in the world.
But the facility’s “Sandy Shore and Aviary” is mainly “for the birds.”
During my recent visit to the Aquarium, I was walking through the rear corridors with one of the staff when we noticed activity taking place in an “animal clinic.” We were invited in to witness veterinarian, “Dr. Mike,” checking out a new arrival: A male bufflehead duck.
Until you can find time to go “birding” in the Aquarium’s “Sandy Shore and Aviary,” check out the live Webcam view of that exhibit area. Who knows, maybe you’ll see Mr. Bufflehead “on screen.”
(Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, received complimentary admission to and tours of the Aquarium along with a group of other travel writers.)
(Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium)(Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium)