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Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey California


In 1984 the old Hovden Cannery at the west end of Cannery Row was renovated and expanded to become the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This world-class institution has about 1.8 million visitors a year. Its mission is "to inspire conservation of the oceans".

The aquarium features several huge tanks made of acrylic up to 13 inches thick, flushed with 2000 gallons a minute of cold seawater from Monterey Bay.

The aquarium was featured prominently, though anonymously, in the movie Star Trek IV, where Spock swam with humpback whales George and Gracie.



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Across from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row

(December 12, 2005)


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Hovden Way and the Monterey Bay Aquarium

(December 12, 2005)


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Monterey Bay Aquarium view over the bay

(December 12, 2005)


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