How fast is a cephalopod? Some lumber along the seafloor, while others take off in a whoosh, using “jet propulsion.”

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What runs on caffeine and works all night to help save our oceans? Coders and designers tackling fisheries challenges with innovative technology. Put your skills to use with a #Fishackathon at the Aquarium, with prizes for the best solutions. Learn more and register
(Photo: Greenpeace/Gavin Newman)

What runs on caffeine and works all night to help save our oceans? Coders and designers tackling fisheries challenges with innovative technology. Put your skills to use with a #Fishackathon at the Aquarium, with prizes for the best solutions.

Learn more and register

(Photo: Greenpeace/Gavin Newman)

Ever fall asleep under swirling, sparkling sardines? Help celebrate healthy oceans and join us for a World Oceans Day sleepover! Enjoy special tours and activities, then settle in next to your favorite exhibit for the night. Signup now

Ever fall asleep under swirling, sparkling sardines? Help celebrate healthy oceans and join us for a World Oceans Day sleepover! Enjoy special tours and activities, then settle in next to your favorite exhibit for the night. 

Signup now

Does she look like she means business? Could be! Our aquarists say that the day octopus is strong, clever and more than willing to tear up an exhibit if given the chance. The good news for visitors: they’re great fun to watch, and active during the day! Learn more about the day octopus Learn more about our Tentacles special exhibition(Charlene Boarts)

Does she look like she means business? Could be! Our aquarists say that the day octopus is strong, clever and more than willing to tear up an exhibit if given the chance. The good news for visitors: they’re great fun to watch, and active during the day!

Learn more about the day octopus

Learn more about our Tentacles special exhibition

(Charlene Boarts)

Remember Kit? She’s back on exhibit, after doing surrogate mom duties behind the scenes for a rescued pup. The hotel is pretty full right now, with four otters: Kit, Ivy, Gidget and Abby!Watch the madness liveLearn how we’re helping save sea otters

Remember Kit? She’s back on exhibit, after doing surrogate mom duties behind the scenes for a rescued pup. The hotel is pretty full right now, with four otters: Kit, Ivy, Gidget and Abby!

Watch the madness live

Learn how we’re helping save sea otters

My, what big teeth you have! This dragon moray eel enlists cleaner shrimp to keep its teeth clean, and the shrimp get a free meal. Check out this unusual partnership in action in the Splash Zone!

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(Photos: Travis Johnson)

#Hackathon for Healthy Oceans

Calling all coders (and designers and project managers, too)!

The State Department and the Aquarium need your talents for a project supporting ocean wildlife and healthy oceans.

It all takes place during a #Fishackathon in Monterey, beginning under the full moon on Friday, June 13.

We’ll feed you and put you up at the Aquarium for two days while you #CodeForFish – with our living exhibits as your inspiration. It’s a chance to use your skills to tackle two big fisheries challenges that need solutions if we want our oceans – and ocean wildlife – to stay healthy for future generations.

National event, with prizes

The hackathon in Monterey is one of five simultaneous events taking place across the country during the first-ever #Fishackathon.

Prizes for the cleanest code and best solutions include cash prizes of $5,000 and $1,000, a trip to the Philippines, and a Monterey vacation getaway.

The winning teams will be part of a Google Hangout on Monday, June 16 during the State Department’s Our Ocean 2014 Ocean Summit in Washington, DC.

We’re looking for teams of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest for a day and two nights of creative coding, design and project management, ending Sunday morning, June 15.

Learn more, and register for the Silicon Valley #Fishackathon

They grow up so quickly! Born and raised in our Tentacles egg lab and behind the scenes, our adult Hawaiian bobtail squid have just moved into their own exhibit. These brightly spotted beauties bury themselves in sand during the day and emerge at night with a sandy shroud to hunt. Learn more about our Tentacles exhibition

They grow up so quickly! Born and raised in our Tentacles egg lab and behind the scenes, our adult Hawaiian bobtail squid have just moved into their own exhibit. These brightly spotted beauties bury themselves in sand during the day and emerge at night with a sandy shroud to hunt.

Learn more about our Tentacles exhibition

Could we really have been this goofy? Almost 30 years ago our Aquaravan visited schools, hospitals, and senior centers to promote ocean conservation. We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary every #ThrowbackThursday. Help support another 30 years of ocean outreach

Could we really have been this goofy? Almost 30 years ago our Aquaravan visited schools, hospitals, and senior centers to promote ocean conservation. We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary every #ThrowbackThursday.

Help support another 30 years of ocean outreach

Watch them grow! Bigfin reef squid have the fastest recorded growth rate of any large marine invertebrate. Our clever aquarists have been able to cultivate eggs behind the scenes for our Tentacles exhibit, using fishing line, plastic ties and Super Glue. 

This species completes its lifecycle in less than a year. In the warm Indo-Pacific waters where they’re found, these squid migrate inshore after winter to mate and spawn. They can spawn more than once during their short lifetime but females may die soon afterward. Each female lays up to 6,000 eggs, which take a few weeks to incubate, depending on the ambient water temperature. Hatchlings are barely a quarter-inch long when they hatch, but can grow to more than a foot. 

Big fin reef squid do react to their reflection in a mirror indicating self-recognition. These animals are very adaptable to lab environments, and with their large neural axons, they’re important in neuroscience studies.

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About me

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.