During Thanksgiving weekend, I was able to spend some time in Pebble Beach, California – a place that I have been looking forward to visiting since playing their golf course in “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004”. We know Pebble Beach for its notable golf courses, cypress trees, waves crashing along the shores, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Every single person I spoke with prior to the trip told me the aquarium is a ‘must-see’ attraction. It makes sense why…
Here are some quick facts about the Monterey Bay Aquarium:
It showcases 35,000 sea life creatures spanning over 550 species in one of the world’s richest marine regions
The largest exhibit, “Open Sea,” consists of 1.2 million gallons of water
It is the most attended aquarium in the U.S. (2 million guests per year)
The aquarium did not disappoint. I couldn’t get over the Open Sea tank – it was massive! Full of sea turtles, stingrays, sharks (no Great Whites), tuna, etc. Most notably, I was blown away by the aquarium’s sea creature art exhibit which the art is made of reclaimed ocean plastics. This exhibit couldn’t be more aligned on what we at WAVVE are attempting to become. My interest was immediately hooked, and my perspective was crystal clear due to the two hours I had just spent walking through live sea life exhibits. Art comes in all different shapes, sizes, colors, materials, objects – you name it. How about a piece of art that’s an 82-foot-long blue whale made entirely out of plastic waste?
Plastic waste in the ocean isn’t a small problem, it’s an enormous one and almost impossible to visualize. It’s easy for people to ignore issues such as plastic waste. I believe this is largely due to people not seeing firsthand the negative impacts. It’s not “hitting home” per say. However, the Monterey Bay Aquarium helps portray this in many ways. Trust me, this is a ‘must-see’ Pebble Beach attraction.