Whales? Check. Dolphins? Check. Seals, sea lions and otters? Triple check! Monterey Bay is still teeming with marine mammals. On Friday, staff and guests spotted eight different species from our wildlife viewing station—in 30 minutes!

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(Top photo: Dan Albro, Bottom photos: Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com)

Have you seen these awesome thimble jellies (Linuche aquila) in the Jellies Experience? 

Sometimes we import our jellies, and sometimes, well, we get lucky: these were grown from polyps that our clever aquarists discovered on rocks in our tropical exhibits.

The medusae (bell) of thimble jellies grow and harvest algae, called zooxanthellae, for sustenance. That’s brown coloration you see in the photos. In nature, these jellies collect in bunches at the surface. Their polyps live in long chitonous tubes, which is very different from the typical fixed jellyfish polyp.

But beware: Thimble jellies are also responsible for “sea bathers eruption” in tropical climes, such as the Caribbean. When the jellies spawn and their larvae form, they get stuck in skin or bathing suits, with unpleasant results!

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Happy #FanFriday! We’re all about offering a welcoming space for kids with different abilities to engage with the ocean. Recently Henry and Catherine, cephalopod super fans with autism, visited with their parents and shared their experience with us. 

“Henry is so inspired to grow up and be a cuttlefish scientist,” said mom Christine. “I really don’t have words for how important this visit was for him and how much it could actually influence his life in a truly meaningful, ongoing way.” 

Have you had an incredible Aquarium visit? Let us know on our Facebook page!

(Photos: Christine Rogers)

From sea otters to sunfish—we’d love to know: What would YOU like to see more of on our Tumblr page? Won’t you take a few seconds and tell us? Happy Friday!

What makes WATCH a winner? Our “Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats” program recently won a Noyce Foundation “Bright Lights” award for outstanding community engagement. Our Executive Director Julie Packard tells why. 

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"My wife went on a four-month trip and left me with binoculars and a bird book. That’s how it all started. When you work with birds, you have to slow down. You have to think about everything—where you put your hands, what cues you give off. They’re so tuned in to body language.”
—Eric Miller, aviculturist#MyAquariumStory

"My wife went on a four-month trip and left me with binoculars and a bird book. That’s how it all started. When you work with birds, you have to slow down. You have to think about everything—where you put your hands, what cues you give off. They’re so tuned in to body language.”

—Eric Miller, aviculturist

#MyAquariumStory

What makes our Discovery Labs special? “The wonder and excitement in students’ eyes,” says one teacher. “Some of them have never seen a clam before!” Learn more in our latest podcast.

It’s #WhaleWednesday! Have you been enjoying this amazing season on the bay? Check out our live Monterey Bay Cam(Jim Capwell/DiveCentral.com) 

It’s #WhaleWednesday! Have you been enjoying this amazing season on the bay?

Check out our live Monterey Bay Cam

(Jim Capwell/DiveCentral.com) 

Miss these masters of disguise? We did! Glad to say we once again have pharaoh cuttlefish on exhibit in Tentacles. Learn more about this special exhibition

Miss these masters of disguise? We did! Glad to say we once again have pharaoh cuttlefish on exhibit in Tentacles.

Learn more about this special exhibition

Play and learn while helping the Aquarium! Mobile game Alphie the Squid follows a cute and curious squid exploring the oceans—and one dollar from each download is donated to our Children’s Education Fund! Learn more

Play and learn while helping the Aquarium! Mobile game Alphie the Squid follows a cute and curious squid exploring the oceans—and one dollar from each download is donated to our Children’s Education Fund!

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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.