Can you find the cuttlefish? Come make your own discoveries this weekend at the Aquarium—we’ll have longer hours April 12-27 in honor of spring break (and our new exhibit): 9:30 am to 6 pm (9 am on weekends for members).
Just two days left! Enter our “It’s Time for Tentacles!” sweepstakes and you could win an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our new special exhibition (opens Saturday). Enter once per day!
Did you know that sunken logs can create new worlds for seafloor animals? Recent deep-sea research by our sister organization, The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, shows that even bits of waterlogged dead wood can support thriving communities of animals, where wood-boring clams serve as “ecosystem engineers.”
We’ve always known that our live web cams carry the Aquarium experience—and a love of our oceans—across the globe. But we never expected this.
On April 8 Army Staff Sergeant Sean Holiday, on his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, called to say he was watching our Kelp Cam and discovered that his uncle, volunteer Andy Holiday, was narrating an underwater feeding. Acting quickly, our staff relayed the message to Andy, who was able to wave to his nephew from inside the exhibit, more than 7,000 miles away. It was a special moment for Andy, Sean and all the visitors who were made aware of what was happening.
Sean, thank you for your service, your connection to family, and your love of our oceans!
And to Andy – and all of our 1,200 volunteers – we celebrate you during National Volunteer Week.
Did you know that more than 15,000 people volunteer at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums every year? Our own volunteers guide visitors through our exhibits, staff our information desk and work behind the scenes. We truly couldn’t do it without them! In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, thank you for all you do!
How do you polish a 13-inch-thick, 54-foot-long window? Find out in our latest podcast!
KQED Science previews our forthcoming Tentacles special exhibition, celebrating cephalopods—“the suction-cupped, parrot-beaked, skin-changing group that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish.”
Check it out!
Help keep an otter happy! It’s not too late for California residents to “check the box” on state tax forms to help save sea otters. The fund supports researchers and partners trying to understand the issues facing the threatened southern sea otter—and help the population recover.
It’s the 40th anniversary of National Volunteer Appreciation Week! More than 900 volunteers guide visitors through our exhibits, staff our information desk, and work behind the scenes. We truly couldn’t do it without them! Thank you volunteers for all that you do!