About Monterey Bay

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Monterey Bay stretches from Santa Cruz in the north to Monterey in the south. Home to many species of marine mammals, including sea otters, harbor seals, and bottlenose dolphins; as well as being on the migratory path of Gray and Humpback whales and a breeding site for elephant seals. Orcas are also found along the coast, especially when Gray whales migrate, as they hunt the whales during their migration north. Many species of fish, sharks, mollusks such as abalone and squid, birds, and sea turtles also live in the bay. Several varieties of kelp grow in the bay, some becoming as tall as trees, forming what is know as a kelp forest.