Vote for our Top Chef Duels Competitor and Help Seafood Watch!
Chef Richard Blais – a Seafood Watch Celebrity Chef Ambassador and Cooking for Solutions participant – is competing on Top Chef Duels on the Bravo channel. As on American Idol, you can vote to support him – and help the Aquarium win $5,000 for our Seafood Watch program!
Here’s how it works:
Each week Top Chef Duels will feature two chefs competing head to head. During the on-air broadcast, fans are asked to vote for the chef who most deserves to win. You’ll be prompted to go to Bravotv.com/vote or to text in your vote using the chef’s name. The chef with the most votes each week will earn a $5,000 donation for their chosen charity.
Chef Richard Blais competes tonight (August 6) at 10 p.m. ET. Voting for Chef Richard will remain open until Wednesday August 13 at 4 p.m. ET. Votes submitted after that will not be counted.
You can watch him challenge competitor Marcel Vigneron to a burger throwdown – and learn why he’s directing his charity contribution to support the Aquarium.
How you can vote:
Vote for Chef Richard at bravotv.com/vote – or by texting “RICHARD” to 27286 (BRAVO). Vote early/vote often! If he’s the top vote-getter, the Aquarium earns $5,000 to support our work promoting ocean-friendly seafood, and healthy and productive oceans.
How else you can help:
Share the story socially! Bravo’s social handles (including @Bravotv on Twitter and “Bravo” on Facebook) have posted a video featuring Chef Richard rallying for votes to support the Aquarium. Get the word out to your friends and followers through your social channels – by re-posting this blog, sharing on Facebook and tweeting to your followers .
We have the best chef on our side. Now we need to help him win!
Gone in one gulp! The tiny “by-the-wind-sailors” that have been appearing on area beaches also happen to be a favorite snack of the enormous ocean sunfish (Mola mola), which can grow to be the size of a small car! (photo by Jodi Frediani)
By-the-wind sailors (Velella velella) are actually hydroid polyps—jelly-like invertebrates.The “sail” helps propel the animal on its journey across the ocean. In late spring and early autumn, hundreds of thousands of these drifting sailors wash up on the beaches of Northern California.
The velella stays on the surface of the open ocean for most of its life. To remain buoyant in the ocean, it has a series of sealed air chambers in its float. They travel in groups of thousands, and capture small fish with short tentacles that have stinging cells dangling underwater. (Although their sting is strong enough to stun a tiny animal, a human being would barely feel it.)
Learn more about the ocean sunfish
Fancy yourself a fast swimmer? Bluefin tuna speed across the Pacific Ocean in three weeks! But there’s one thing they can’t out-swim: overfishing.
Learn how we’re studying and helping save these athletic animals
And the World’s Best Aquarium is? Us! That’s according to the new TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award for Zoos and Aquariums around the world. The honor is based on “millions” of reviews, so allow us to say thanks—to you, our visitors!
Shimmering, sleek and speedy! Schooling anchovies find safety in numbers—can you keep track of just one fish without getting mesmerized?
Watch them with our live Kelp Forest cam
Have you seen them? With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our decks. Awkward on land, they’re sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal.
(Photo: Gene Barclift)
It’s Get into Your Sanctuary Day! We hope you get a chance to visit the amazing Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and celebrate healthy oceans. Established in ‘92, it’s home to an amazing variety of whales, dolphins and other sea life. We’re so lucky to have it!
What’s the best Aquarium in the U.S.? We’d love your support! You can vote once per day in the USA Today 10 Best Aquarium Travel Awards.
Raising awareness, one image at a time
We know that beautiful images can move people in profound ways to act on behalf of animals.
The stark black and white backgrounds equalize the animals’ importance, whether the largest elephant or the smallest insect.
"By isolating animals on black and white backgrounds, we can look them directly in the eye and quickly see that these creatures contain beauty, grace and intelligence. Perhaps some even hold the key to our very salvation," Joel says.
At the Aquarium
We had the honor of hosting Joel recently for two fun and frenetic days as he photographed birds, fish, cephalopods and invertebrates. Joel’s hardworking staff is busy processing thousands of images he shot here and elsewhere, but we’ll soon share more of ours — plus what it’s like to work with Joel, a dozen aquarists, two other photographers and 30 critters parading in and out of one room.
In the meantime please support Joel by liking his Facebook page. To date Joel has documented nearly 4,000 animals for the Photo Ark and won’t stop until he gets them all — and you can help!
Now THAT’S something you could wear with pride! This belt buckle was given to Rudolph and Sletten employees—the contractors who built the Aquarium—in 1983. We’re celebrating our 30th Anniversary every #ThrowbackThursday.
Won’t you help us reach another 30 years?