Surface Temperature


The sea temperature data that your class took on the boat is called a surface temperature reading. Do you remember looking at the temperature gauge on the mast of the boat? The temperature gauge is connected to a thermometer at the bottom of the boat, just under the surface of the water.

The Monterey Bay is in a temperate zone; it is an area of the earth mid-way between tropical and cold temperatures.

The temperate zone is a very comfortable place for plants and animals to live. Due to the Monterey Bay’s geographic location, there is a wide variety of animals living in and migrating through it, like the California Gray Whale.


Questions: Click on the question to see the answer

What species of animal lives in the Monterey Bay and also in the colder waters of Alaska?

Why do you think that the Gray Whale needs to travel so much?

Marine Biology
Marine Ecology
Marine Navigation

A specific place on earth. The identification of a specific area in relation to what lies around it.

The process of moving from one region to another with the change of seasons or climate.

A reproductively isolated group of interbreeding organisms.

The temperature of the layer of sea water nearest the atmosphere.

An area of the earth that is mid-way between tropical and cold, usually found in the mid latitudes. An area where the weather patterns are identified by a lack of extreme temperatures.

Animal plankton ranging from microscopic larval sea stars to huge jellyfish.