How are you feeling about the forthcoming holiday weekend? Does this about sum it up? Hope you have a great one. Thanks to Aquarium staffer Pete Bridson for the great shots of a local harbor seal!
Have you shared your favorite jellies images on Instagram yet? You could win an Aquarium Adventure for four. Ends Friday! Thanks to @deerwalker, @honeygirl1978 and @reesies87 for the beautiful shots.
Attention, “Finding Nemo” fans: we just added several dozen baby clownfish in our Splash Zone exhibit. And there’s more to come—we’ve got 250 behind the scenes, just waiting to make their debut alongside other “Finding Nemo” characters at the Aquarium.
“We patiently waited for the eggs to develop as the dad clownfish took great care of them,” said Raymond Direen, who cared for the brood with fellow aquarist Jenn Anstey. “The dad constantly used his pectoral fins to fan the eggs and keep them clean. After about two weeks, they separated from the father, and morphed into little baby clownfish.
“We’re pleased with the success and expect them to grow up good and healthy!” says Raymond.
Anchorman Ron Burgundy is SO Wrong About Sea Otters!
In a recent appearance on The Conan O’Brien Show he said that sea otters are “the dumbest animal on Planet Earth.”
He’s so, so wrong – and we think, on reflection, he’ll conclude that, “I immediately regret this decision.”
Won’t you help restore the sea otters’ good name?
Sea otters can’t speak for themselves. (Though you can read their “Open Letter to Anchorman Ron Burgundy” below.)
But you can speak up for them!
Go on Twitter and tweet a challenge to @Will___Ferrell, to Conan O’Brien and to Paramount Pictures: “Anchorman Ron Burgundy is wrong about sea otters! He can visit them at @MontereyAq & learn what they’re REALLY like.”
Here’s what our sea otters have to say
Dear Anchorman Ron Burgundy,
We just learned that you’ve been saying mean things about sea otters.
This week on The Conan O’Brien Show you told the ENTIRE COUNTRY that we’re “the dumbest animal on Planet Earth.” “Boring as hell,” you said. On the bottom rung on your Hierarchy of Animal Positionology.
Here’s what we say:
Boo to you, Ron Burgundy! We stick out our tongues at you!
But — we are generous creatures, and we’re willing to keep an open mind. We don’t believe you’re a hopeless case. (You might — possibly — rank higher than the hermit crab on your own Positionology chart. Maybe.)
We invite you to pay us a visit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium — the center for sea otter conservation and inspiration. Meet us in person, mano a pata. We’re confident you’ll see the error of your ways, and realize how wrongheaded you’ve been about a species that might oh, we don’t know….maybe HOLD THE KEY to saving Planet Earth from the perils of climate change.
At the very least, we’ll crack open a crab or two for you to snack on.
Photos: Anchorman poster courtesy Paramount Pictures. Sea otter © Bill Coggin
Delicate, purpose-built, beautiful. Only nature can do this. Have you submitted your Instagram jellies images yet? We’d love to see them, and you could win an aquarium adventure for four!
One of the goals of our redesigned Open Sea exhibit was to give the impression of an infinite ocean. What do you think? Did we succeed?
(Thanks to ©Romain Guy/curious-creature.org)
How does a harbor seal scratch an itchy back? This one found a way, as you can see in this great video from Aquarium volunteer and Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary researcher Chad King.
Battle of the (tiny) titans: five-inch squid attacks owlfish. Owlfish definitely loses!
Here’s the full story, according to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s expedition blog:
“Most of the time we spend flying through the midwater with the ROV, we see a whole lot of marine snow. Every once in a while we see something that makes us all stop and say - WOW! Yesterday was one of those days! This small squid, Gonatus onyx, managed to catch this large owlfish and despite its eyes being too big for its stomach, it was determined to win the battle!”
Follow the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on Facebook for more amazing deep-sea stories.
There’s only one way to get this awesome view off our decks at dawn: an Aquarium sleepover! Ring in the New Year with your entire family. Enjoy a sparkling cider toast at 9 p.m. and wake up with the fishes on New Year’s Day.
Thanks for your votes! Check out our new computer wallpaper, as chosen by our social media fans.
Thanks to Instagrammer Jim Perdue (@jimsiphone)