Cannery Row
Rich nutritients are brought up to the surface with a springwater effect from deep within a trench known as the Monterey Canyon supporting a variety of marine life. From the beginning of the 1900s until the postwar years Cannery Row flourished as a center of canned sardine processing, but declined with a reduction in catch. But since then, the old factory sites have been put back in use by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and
surrounding restaurants and shops to become a thriving tourist destination. It is possible to observe the ecology of the fish and shellfish which inhabit the waters of Monterey Bay in over 550 exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium which averages over five thousand visitors a day. In particular, visitors are treated to views of the surrounding waters, and wavering kelp in the main exhibit as they enter the aquarium. And in the city adjacent to Cannery Row, Pacific Grove, there are ice plants in such abundance that when they bloom in May and June, they cover the entire shoreline in an unbroken pink carpet. The town also has a history that reaches back to well over one hundred years and still has over 400 Victorian houses lining the Pacific some of which serve as small hotels or bed and breakfasts.