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Monterey, California

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Monterey sits on the edge of the Monterey Bay, above the Monterey Canyon, one of the largest underwater canyons in the world. The upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water from the bottom of the canyon contributes to the wealth of marine life. The Bay used to provide an abundant fishery until the 1950s, when the commercial fishing business collapsed due to overfishing. Since then, the historic Cannery Row, the setting of John Steinbeck novels Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday, has been transformed into a tourist attraction. One of the former sardine canning factories now houses the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. The Monterey Bay Aquarium exhibits concentrate on the ecosystem of the Monterey Bay (now protected by the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary). The Kelp exhibit, a 33-feet-high aquarium, was the first to successfully grow a kelp forest. The Outer Bay exhibit, a one million gallon aquarium which features one of the largest windows in the world, kept in captivity a Great White Shark a prolonged period, but she was released in 2005 after killing two other sharks in the exhibit. However, what many visitors find most fascinating is the aquarium extensive collection of beautifully presented jellies. Besides the marine attractions, Monterey was the first capital of California (before it moved to San Jose) and as such boasts a number of historical buildings of significance.

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Aerial view of Aquarium and Cannery Row waterfront. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Aerial view of harbor and downtown. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Fishing basket, Fisherman's wharf. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Boats and Fisherman's Wharf, afternoon. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Wharf. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Fishermans wharf, late afternoon. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Beach near Cannery Row on cloudy day. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Harbor and Fishermans Wharf, late afternoon. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Fishermans Wharf colorful buildings at sunset. Monterey, California, USA (Panoramic color) Fisherman's wharf at sunset. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey harbor and cypress tree at sunset. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Custom House facade at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Heritage garden at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) On the Fishermans Wharf at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey Canning company building and streets at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Cannery Row on a rainy night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Observation deck and scuba divers, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Tourists watch scuba diver feed fish in kelp forest tank. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Tourists crowd outer ocean exhibit, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Woman looking at anchovies swiming. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Coral and tropical fish, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Blue jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Sea Nettle Jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Aerial view of harbor. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Aerial view of wharf and harbor. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Aerial view of yachts in harbor. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Aerial view of wharf and tour boats. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Aerial view of rows of yachts. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Statue of fisherman on wharf. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Fishermans wharf, Monterey harbor. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey Harbor. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Pier, Monterey Harbor. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Fishermans wharf pier. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey Fish Company buildings on wharf. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Boats and Fisherman's Wharf, afternoon, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Boats and Fisherman's Wharf, afternoon, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey harbor, evening. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Municipal Wharf and Fishermans Wharf, late afternoon. Monterey, California, USA (Panoramic color) Custom House (oldest government building in California). Monterey, California, USA ( color) Historic bell. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Pacific House courtyard. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Custom House side at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Pacific House at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Garden and historic adobe house at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Casa del Oro facade at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Casa del Oro store house at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Waterfront hotels at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey Canning Company building at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Cannery row at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Cannery Row building at night, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Cannery Row lights at night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Cannery Row  at night, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey Bay Aquarium by night. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Ocean deck and scuba divers, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Monterey Bay framed by Monterey Bay Aquarium window. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Kelp exhibit, Monterey Aquarium, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Kelp exhibit, Monterey Aquarium, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Scuba diver feeds fish in front of audience. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Mother and girl in front of huge fish tank, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Watching the one-million-gallon open-ocean aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Anchovies swimming in circles, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Swarm of Anchovies, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Tropical aquarium, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Jellyfish exhibit, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Woman holding child in front of jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Graceful jellies, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Two  Sea Nettle Jellies, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Jellyfish exhibit, Monterey Aquarium, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Jellyfish exhibit, Monterey Aquarium, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Tourists and Jellyfish, Monterey Aquarium, Monterey. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Mother and infant look at Jelly exhibit, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Fried Egg Jellies, Monterey Aquarium of the Bay. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Mediterranean Jellies, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Blue jelly, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Flower hat jelly, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Glass artwork inspired by jellies, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Glass artwork inspired by jellyfish, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color) Boxes of canned sardines, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Monterey, California, USA ( color)
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