Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Press Room
Requesting video and still images

MBARI's still images and deep-sea footage are primarily used to support scientific research, and secondarily to support our sister institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We limit the release of our video and images to news, feature stories, and productions that focus specifically on MBARI research and technology. We do not have the resources to supply still images and/or video footage for more general requests, such as advertisements, stock collections, web sites, or picture books.

Video footage

Except for footage related to MBARI news releases, requests for video footage must be made at least three weeks in advance. MBARI video footage is available as digial files (typically .mov files with H.264 compression) or on Digital Betacam, Betacam SP, and D5 (HD) tape. To request video footage, please complete our Location Shoot / Video Use Service Request form (PDF format; Word format) and email it to or fax it to 831-775-1620.

Still images

MBARI's still images are available in digital form as TIF or JPG files. Image resolution varies depending on the source of the image. To request still images, please send an email with the details of your request and your contact information to