It’s #WhaleWednesday! What’s the largest animal on the planet? You’re right if you guessed blue whales—and sometimes we see them in Monterey Bay!
Best of all, scientists think the species may inching toward recovery in California.
(Photo: Richard Herrmann)
Outer space or under water? We partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on “blue-water” dives in Monterey Bay, and our jellies aquarist Wyatt Patry recently observed a bloom of salps (jelly relatives).
Have you seen jellies? Help researchers by reporting sightings to JellyWatch
(Photos: Steve Haddock)
Pharaoh cuttlefish are back on exhibit! These master color changers can rapidly display metallic blues, greens, golds and silvers for camouflage, communication or courtship. Pharaoh cuttlefish can reach 16 inches and weigh 11 pounds!
Learn more about our Tentacles exhibit
Eat your way to healthy oceans! October is National Seafood Month—help us celebrate by enjoying a sustainable seafood taco on National Taco Day, October 4. Chefs across the country are joining together with Seafood Watch to #MakeItSustainable this year!
Ever experienced a mola “fly by?” Our jellies aquarist Wyatt Patry did, and he captured it on video!
Learn more about the crazy-looking ocean sunfish
Sure, wild sea otters are cute—but did you know they help promote recovery of seagrass beds in places like nearby Elkhorn Slough? In turn, those grasses provide an important habitat for young fish, protect shorelines from storms, and soak up carbon dioxide.
Underwater meal? No problem! The black-necked stilt has adapted well to life in wetlands and marshes. Long legs and a narrow beak help it pluck small fish from shallow waters.
Can you spot one with our live Aviary cam?
Mom’s work is never done! Sea otters give birth to a single pup and care for the youngster 6-12 months before it heads out on its own. Mom teaches how to keep thick fur groomed, dive and catch prey. The pup has fur so thick that it floats like a cork!
Watch our otters live
Learn how we’re helping save sea otters
#ThrowbackThursday: Recognize a familiar face? Found stranded in 1999, this pint-sized pup was about four weeks old. At 15, Rosa is now our oldest otter—and an accomplished surrogate mom. She just reared her 12th pup, and is now back on exhibit!
Can you spot her on our live cam? Look for the largest otter with silvery fur!
Learn more about all our otters
CSI: Sea Otter! There’s a huge mystery about sea otters, and we’re part of the research team that’s trying to crack the case. Their numbers are not growing as fast as they should. Working with partners, we’re learning things to help sea otters thrive.