Excited about “Tentacles”, our forthcoming special exhibition focusing octopuses, cuttlefish and kin? Take a behind-the-scenes look at the workshop of Bay Area artist Nemo Gould, who’s creating our amazing kinetic sculptures from found materials.
Are you a San Francisco Giants fan? We were honored recently to have pitcher Matt Cain and his family visit the Aquarium while he was in Monterey for the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament!
We want your vote! What should be our next computer wallpaper?
It’s #WeirdWednesday, and we can count on our friends at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to captivate us with creepiness.
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More to Sea in Our Octopus Exhibit
The most famous residents of our giant Pacific octopus exhibit are, of course, the beautiful octopuses themselves. But did you know there are lots of other amazing animals sharing the display? These species came from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, our sister organization just up the road.
White or glass sea cucumber (Pannychia moseleyi): Lives at depths greater than 400 meters in the Monterey Bay Canyon. When disturbed, it bioluminesces with brilliant blue-green spirals to deter predators. (Dave Robel)
Deep sea sun star (Rathbunaster californicus): This animal has as many as 22 arms, which it can shed as a defense mechanism. Predators investigate the wriggling arm as they crawl to safety, then it regenerates the lost arm! This star scavenges dead animals such as fishes and whales. It also feeds on fishes, crustaceans, and molluscs. (Dave Wrobel)
Common feather star (Florometra serratissima): This star has feather-like pinnules that cover the arms and are used for feeding. Tiny tube feet secrete mucus that helps capture food particles such as marine snow and small zooplankton. (Craig Racicot)
Johnson’s sea cucumber (Parastichopus johnsoni ): Like many other deep-sea creatures, this animal is bright red, helping it hide in deep water, where red is invisible (appearing black). (Dave Wrobel)
My, how the cuteness grows! Otter 649 weighed less than seven pounds when rescued in November. Since going on exhibit January 21, the plump pup has reached a portly 19 pounds.
Have you seen our auditorium presentation, “Luna: A Sea Otter’s Story”? Well, the real-life Luna, who was featured in the PBS Nature program, “Saving Otter 501,” recently had her second pup in the wild, according to our otter spotters. That’s good news for Luna, and for sea otter conservation.
(©Sea Studios Foundation)
We like to say that our best exhibit is actually right off our decks: Monterey Bay! And this has never been more true than today—we have reports of gray whales and a mom and pup sea otter pair visible with binoculars.
Thank you Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!