Monterey
Aquarium opens exhibit dedicated to tentacles
April 2014 marks the opening of an exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium devoted to "tentacles." The innovative new exhibit will look at octopuses, squid and cuttlefishes and is considered the largest exhibit of its kind ever presented.

Visitors will be able to see two dozen species altogether which will rotate through 12 exhibits. The animals will include the the Hawaiian bobtail squid, the giant Pacific octopus, and one of the world’s largest cuttlefish. Also presented will be the spotted Wunderpus, among the world’s smallest squid. Additional works of art will celebrate the 4,000 years that these creatures have held the attention of mankind.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world-class facility and popular with tourists from all over the country. The aquarium is conveniently located in Monterey close to the old cannery operations and other historic tourist attractions of the area. Hotels are located nearby, and visitors can enjoy waterfront sand dunes just a short drive from Monterey.

The Monterey area is popular because of the diverse attractions in the area. Not only is there the city of Monterey, but the Monterey Peninsula is home to the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and exclusive upscale accommodations throughout the area. In the city of Monterey, there are numerous historical attractions dating back to the time before California was a state. Visitors enjoy taking a self-guided tour of historical buildings in Monterey, all easily accessible and just footsteps from the Portola Hotel.

Cannery Row was made famous by John Steinbeck in his fictional book by the same name. This area's history includes being the sardine capital of the world when the seasonal catch was more than 250,000 tons of sardines. Today people come to dine in colorful waterfront restaurants and then work it off with waters sports such as sea kayaking right in front of the tourist areas.

Nearby Carmel is famous for its storybook cottages and fascinating shops and restaurants, as well as a popular beach. People like Clint Eastwood and Doris Day put Carmel on the map operating tourist businesses in the area and becoming involved in local tourism. And just south from there is Big Sur, perhaps the most photographed spot on the Central California coast.
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