Is your garden thriving this summer? So is ours! This gorgeous giant kelp grows rapidly—up to 20 inches per day under ideal conditions in the bay.
View our live kelp forest cam
(Photo: Charlene Boarts)
Good news! NOAA Fisheries just gave scalloped hammerhead sharks protection under the Endangered Species Act! Sharks worldwide are in danger because of “finning” for shark fin soup, and accidental bycatch. We’re glad to have played a lead role in passage of the shark fin ban in California, a movement that’s spreading to many other states – and even to China!
Watch them live on exhibit
Have you seen them? Iridescent pelagic cormorants are nesting below our decks. Watch these diving birds swoop and plunge for seaweed nesting material and fishy snacks for their chicks. Thanks to member Gene Barclift for these fun #FanFriday photos!
Happy #Friday! There’s nothing common about this cuttlefish: the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) uses its skin to communicate—flashing stripes and patches of color convey threats or courtship messages. We’ve raised generations of them at the Aquarium.
On exhibit in Tentacles!
Pigs in an Aquarium? This old #ThrowbackThursday video may seem like it’s from Monty Python, but it’s a very real trip into our pump house to meet the “pigs” that keep our seawater pipes clean.
Last chance! Share your love of #MBATentacles on Instagram or Twitter and you could win one of eight packs of eight tickets to the Aquarium! Sweepstakes ends Friday.
Singing sardines and repurposed puppets? Learn all about our summer musical performance “Think Big!” in our latest podcast.
Jump for joy! It’s humpback whale season and we’re seeing these graceful giants from our decks every week. Did you know you can use your phone to get updates on animal sightings and special exhibit feedings during your visit? Ask about our text alert program when you arrive.
(Photo: Giancarlo Thomae/Sanctuary Cruises)
Have our eight-armed animals captured your imagination? Check out these submissions to our #MBAtentacles sweeps and share your own on Instagram or Twitter—you could win!
Have you seen it? The full version of the award-winning PBS Nature film “Saving Otter 501” is back online! You’ll be spellbound by the story of the Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphaned sea otter.
Learn more about our sea otter program
(Photo: Sea Studios Foundation)