Music and molas? Evenings by the Bay starts this weekend! We’re open until 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays so you can see the Aquarium in a whole new light.
Remember hearing about Juno, the rescued pup that was reared behind the scenes by our exhibit otter, Ivy? Looks like she’s thriving at her new home at the Oregon Zoo!
Learn how we’re helping save sea otters
(Shervin Hess/Oregon Zoo)
Will fish and other #ocean animals get left high and dry? Learn more in our latest podcast.
Where do you find inspiration? First as a volunteer and now as an assistant aquarist, Michelle Stamme loves working with our eight-armed animals—and painting them!
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Want to help our oceans? Just “Think Big!” Join us for a musical performance with dazzling puppets made from recycled materials. Sing along as a sea turtle, Laysan albatross and brave sardine work to protect their home—and learn how you can help!
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How do we collect and display amazing deep-sea cephalopods for our Tentacles exhibit? It takes a big boat, a remote-controlled robot, and help from our colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute!
Learn more about the flapjack octopus and the cock-eyed squid.
(Jonathan Wolf photos)
Hacking for Healthy Oceans
For 36 hours over Father’s Day Weekend, the Aquarium hosted an unusual sleepover. Few of the participants got much rest.
We were one of five sites for a first-ever State Department-sponsored Fishackathon. The goal was to find technological solutions so fishermen in the developing world can make their catch more sustainable.
Teams of coders, designers and project managers created website solutions and apps for smartphones and cell phones - tools that small-scale fishermen can use in places like West Africa and the Philippines to document their catch and report illegal fishing.
Nearly 40 participants gathered on a Friday night in Monterey with laptops, sleeping bags - and novel ideas for creating tools that will be effective in parts of the world where internet access and high-tech equipment is limited. By Sunday morning, they had solutions to offer.
In addition to tackling two State Department problem statements, we also asked our hackers to help with a Seafood Watch challenge: How can information about how fish were caught travel through the supply chain from the boat where it’s landed to the market or restaurant where it’s finally sold?
The outcome? Incredible.
The results were beyond our wildest expectations.
A four-person team we welcomed from the UC-Berkeley School of Information won the top national prize for “Fish DB”, a multi-layered solution to one of the State Department challenges. And a three-person team that formed during the Fishackathon won the Seafood Watch challenge with its “Go Fish!” app: a simple labeling system using colors and numbers to show sustainability and freshness of seafood items. The app incorporates gaming principles, rewards and social sharing features to encourage consumers to buy ocean-friendly seafood.
"I can’t believe what great results these teams produced over the weekend!" said Jennifer Dianto Kemmerly, director of Seafood Watch. "We will definitely tap into the talents of hackers in the future."
An appealing location
It might not be too hard to lure them back to Monterey, if comments from the Berkeley team are any indication. They used words like “epic” and “thrilled” to describe sleeping in front of the Kelp Forest and Open Sea, and having access to the knowledge of Aquarium staff and State Department experts.
“We had a blast!” team member Isha Dandavate told the UC-Berkeley news service. “I can’t even express how cool it was. Having the hackathon in an aquarium has sort of ruined us for all other hackathons.”
The State Department was equally thrilled, and is now making plans for a 2015 Fishackathon around World Oceans Day.
And that’s how they roll! Some cephalopods lumber along the seafloor, while others use jet propulsion. These cool creatures are part of our Tentacles exhibit.
Share YOUR love of cephalopods at #MBATentacles and you could win!
Don’t want #CephalopodWeek to end? Check out our Tentacles Pinterest board for inspiration to keep the cephalo-bration going all year!
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Are these visitors from another planet? Our bigfin reef squid were hatched and raised at the Aquarium, but their shimmering displays and flitting fins make them seem otherworldly. Like many cephalopods, these squid use pigmented skin cells, called chromatophores, to change color and pattern.