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Privacy Policy

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is dedicated to protecting your privacy as you use our web site. Our policy is that no personal information will be collected about you unless you choose to provide it and that any personal information which you provide us will be safeguarded and not shared with others for any reason.

If during your visit to our site you only browse, read pages, or download material, we cannot collect any information that will identify you personally, or determine your e-mail address. Our web server automatically recognizes the domain name and Internet Protocol (IP) address of each visitor to our site. An IP address is a code that identifies a particular computer on the Internet. Every computer or network that’s connected to the Internet has an IP address.

Like most major sites, we collect and analyze that information to help us improve the site for our visitors. This helps us determine which pages you visit, how long you stay, and the site you visited immediately beforehand. Your IP address is used to help identify your computer and to gather broad demographic information.

We may provide forms and links in places on this site for you to send comments and ideas, to ask for more information, and to report problems you may experience on our site. Even if you email us through one of our response forms on the site, we cannot determine your e-mail address unless you include it in your response.

We welcome your email messages and suggestions of ways in which we can improve the site. We will use any personal information you send us only to respond to your message. Please note that any suggestions or ideas you submit to us will become the property of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and can be used by us for any purpose.

If you choose to participate in any surveys on this site, we will ask you for certain demographic and other personal information. We do not share this information with others. Your personal information will not be linked to the demographic information unless your approval is granted.

This site contains interactive programs in which you can participate. Any information that you provide will be stored in our system and not shared with others.

Our site contains links to other sites. Please remember that our privacy policy does not apply to other sites and that we cannot be responsible for their privacy policies, if any.

Please remember that no one can guarantee the complete security of information transmitted over the Internet. Therefore, you should be careful about the personal information which you provide to us or any other site. Rest assured that we will do everything we can to safeguard your information. If you have any questions about this privacy policy or your dealings with this site, please contact us at

Terms of Use

Before you use any images, data, text or other materials on this web site (, please carefully read the terms and conditions of this license agreement. By using any of these materials, you are consenting to be bound by this agreement. If you do not accept all of the terms of this agreement, you are not authorized to use any materials on this site.

Ownership of the Site

This website and all materials on it are the property of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). The only exceptions are copyrighted images and other materials owned by the Monterey Bay Aquarium and others, which are so indicated. This agreement gives you no ownership rights to any materials on this site.

Copyright Laws

This site and all materials on it are protected under United States copyright laws, which give creators of original works of authorship the exclusive right to use their works for a limited period of time. With certain exceptions, copyrighted materials may not be used or copied without the permission of the copyright holder. This agreement describes the uses which you are permitted to make of the materials on this site.

License to Use

You are licensed by MBARI to use materials on this site for non-commercial educational purposes only. You may copy these materials for classroom use, so long as the copies contain all applicable copyright and trademark notices. This license is not exclusive to you, and you may not transfer it.

Prohibited Uses

Any commercial or personal use of the materials on this site is strictly prohibited. You may not sell, assign, sublicense or otherwise transfer these materials, copy them for non-classroom use, publish them for personal gain, or remove any copyright or trademark notice, without the express written permission of MBARI.

No Warranty

All materials on this site are made available to you as-is. MBARI makes no warranty, express or implied, as to these materials, their title, accuracy, non-infringement of third party rights, merchantability, or fitness for any particular purpose, or the performance or results you may obtain from their use.

Limitation of Liability

Under no circumstances shall MBARI be liable for any direct, incidental, special, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, the materials on this site. If you are dissatisfied with any materials on this site or these terms and conditions, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using or visiting this site.

Links to Other Sites

This site contains links to other sites. These links do not mean that MBARI endorses these sites, nor is MBARI responsible for their contents or use.


Any suggestions, creative ideas, inventions or other materials which you submit to this site shall become the property of MBARI, and MBARI may disclose or use any such submissions for any purpose without your consent or compensation therefore.


Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and MBARI are trademarks of MBARI and may not be used for any purpose without the express written permission of MBARI.

Questions and Requests for Permission to Use

Any questions regarding the terms of this agreement or requests for permission to use materials on this site for any commercial or personal purpose should be directed to

Annual Notices

The link to annual notices can be found here.