SLI 9th graders visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where they explored the many exhibits showcasing marine wildlife and habitats from the Monterey Bay and from around the world. Current exhibits include:
- ¡Viva Baja!, an exploration of the creatures that live off those coast of Baja California
- Tentacles, which features octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish, all masters at blending in and surviving the ocean in fascinating ways
- Open Sea, a place to find marine wildlife that can survive without the protection of the coast, massive tuna, mesmerizing jellyfish, placid sunfish, tranquil turtles, and more.
- Kelp Forest, where students could see what Monterey Bay kelp forests look like from the ocean floor
Students also got the special opportunity to attend the aquarium’s Discovery Lab, which is a “fun, hands-on introduction to some of Monterey Bay’s most precious habitats and the animals that live there. Using live marine invertebrates and the processes of science, students develop[ed] an appreciation and understanding of their connection to the ocean.” (https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/)
It was a fantastic day of discovering and appreciating marine wildlife, natural habitats, conservation, and ecology.