True fact: the octopus is popular! We had a great time working with Ze Frank when he created his video, “True Facts About the Octopus”. In the three months since its debut, it has rocketed up the charts: more than 4 million views and climbing!
Soon it will pass “True Facts About the Mantis Shrimp" (featuring another colorful character you’ll find in our exhibit galleries). After that? The tarsir, then sloths. Watch out, Sad Cat Diary: The Octopus is on its way!
Tentacles on the tracks! An eight-armed surprise awaits Bay Area commuters when they board Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains this summer. The Aquarium has five octopus-themed cars in circulation—look for them on all BART lines!
In addition to adding color and fun to the daily commute, the Aquarium is underwriting free transportation on BART so that 40,000 school children can take field trips anywhere BART trains travel. BART Board Vice President Tom Blalock helped unveil the Tentacles cars. He was joined by another Aquarium summer attraction: an octopus puppet that will appear at concerts, festivals and sporting events throughout the region.
Share your love of #MBATentacles and you could win!
Home sweet home! Watch our veined octopus set up camp in a glass jar.
How are you celebrating summer? Join us July 10 for our Picnic by the Bay Member’s Night! Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy an ocean view or your favorite exhibit while dining.
Are you an octopus admirer? Squid supporter? Cuttlefish crusader? Then get ready for #CephalopodWeek! This week we’re joining Science Friday, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and others to bring you the latest and greatest stories from the tentacled world.
Watch this epic introduction to our Tentacles exhibition
Starts today! Share your love of #MBATentacles on Instagram or Twitter and you could win one of eight packs of eight tickets to the Aquarium!
Behold our amazing South American sea nettles! Enjoy these bright beauties all day with our free wallpaper for your computer or smartphone.
How do you explore the deepest, coldest and most mysterious parts of the bay? Immerse yourself in underwater technology and research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Open House July 19!
Jack Johnson Sings Praises of the Aquarium as He Receives Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award
"It’s a full circle. Every time I come to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I’m inspired to write songs." - Jack Johnson
In an evening of words and music, singer-songwriter, philanthropist and ocean advocate Jack Johnson received the Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award at our 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Ocean.
Jack paid tribute both to the Aquarium and to actor Paul Walker, in whose memory the award was created. Paul’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, were in attendance.
Executive Director Julie Packard saluted Jack and Paul for using their voices to encourage others to create a world with healthy oceans.
"Paul was an aspiring marine biologist," Julie said. "He was a friend of the Aquarium, and a lifelong champion of the ocean. And I can think of no one better to receive this award in his name than Jack Johnson."
Making a difference in the world
The ocean, Julie said, “is part of his life, and his music. He and his wife Kim have used that connection to make a difference in the world. They’re leading the music industry in green practices and using their success on behalf of many social and environmental issues.”
Among the initiatives their foundation supports is the Aquarium’s annual Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit that helps teachers find new ways to engage their students around the issue of plastic pollution and ocean health.
"It’s a high-impact experience for the kids and teachers, who take what they’ve learned back to their peers and communities," Julie said. "We’re so grateful for Jack and Kim’s support."
'One of the honors of my life'
For his part, Jack said, “It is one of the honors of my life to be acknowledged by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s a very inspirational place. Whenever I bring my kids here, we have the best day, and we go away wanting to learn more about everything we’ve seen that day.
"So, keep up all of the great work."
Of Paul Walker, he said, “I loved that guy. It’s an honor to be getting an award in his name.”
The celebration included some of Jack’s songs, a reception featuring Hawaiian music and dance, and dishes created in the aloha spirit by Seafood Watch Chef Ambassador Ed Kenney, a friend of Jack’s from Oahu.
All proceeds from the evening benefit our Children’s Education Fund.
We are so grateful to Jack and Kim Johnson for all that they do, and to the Paul Walker family for partnering with us to recognize individuals who — like Paul — are using their public stature in support of ocean issues.
Learn how you can support our Children’s Education Fund
Come dive with us! In our Underwater Explorers program, kids ages eight to 13 are introduced to surface scuba diving in our Great Tide Pool, where they’ll meet amazing animals while getting a fish’s-eye view of the wonders of the bay. This time lapse video gives you a bird’s-eye view of the action!
(Video: Patrick Webster)