metridium

The wild Monterey Bay flows through our veins. Our intake pumps draw in almost 2,000 gallons of seawater per minute into the Aquarium, complete with the microscopic larvae and spores of invertebrates and algae that come to inhabit our exhibits. 

Our intake screens are located about 60 feet underwater, just after the edge of the kelp forest. Like anything solid down there, animals and algae are growing on the pipes, including these Metridium plumose anemones! Two yellow buoys mark the pipes’ location, you can see them from the back deck.

What’s inside, is outside.