Did you know that the guitarfish has been playing it flat for 100 million years? We now have three making beautiful music together in our Aviary. It gets its name from a long, pointed snout and guitar-shaped body. It lies in ambush with its eyes sticking out of the sand, waiting for careless crabs to wander by. Lunch!
(Paul Vineyard photo)
Menace or merely misunderstood? Despite appearances, the monkeyface-eel isn’t a true eel—and it definitely doesn’t act like one. This reclusive fish seldom travels more than 15 feet from its home, and mostly eats algae.
(Photo: Charlene Boarts)
Did you know that we rescue and release endangered (and cute) snowy plovers? So far this year we’ve successfully released 16 birds on area beaches—with more to come!
Can’t stop watching this strolling cephalopod? Don’t be fooled by its delicate movement—the mimic octopus can easily scare off potential predators. In a flash, this master of mimicry changes its color and shape to hover like a lethal lionfish or slither like a poisonous sea snake.
Need a cool image to enliven your computer desktop? How about this crazy cock-eyed squid?
We’re displaying amazing deep-sea cephalopods like the cock-eyed squid in Tentacles with the help of our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). These animals come and go so check here and on our Facebook page for the latest!
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Is your garden thriving this summer? So is ours! This gorgeous giant kelp grows rapidly—up to 20 inches per day under ideal conditions in the bay.
View our live kelp forest cam
(Photo: Charlene Boarts)
Good news! NOAA Fisheries just gave scalloped hammerhead sharks protection under the Endangered Species Act! Sharks worldwide are in danger because of “finning” for shark fin soup, and accidental bycatch. We’re glad to have played a lead role in passage of the shark fin ban in California, a movement that’s spreading to many other states – and even to China!
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Have you seen them? Iridescent pelagic cormorants are nesting below our decks. Watch these diving birds swoop and plunge for seaweed nesting material and fishy snacks for their chicks. Thanks to member Gene Barclift for these fun #FanFriday photos!
Happy #Friday! There’s nothing common about this cuttlefish: the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) uses its skin to communicate—flashing stripes and patches of color convey threats or courtship messages. We’ve raised generations of them at the Aquarium.
On exhibit in Tentacles!