Is this the ultimate example of tough love? Otter rescuer Karl Mayer wears a disguise to prevent pup 501 from getting attached to him. This helps ensure the pup will survive on its own in the wild. Watch the amazing story of #Otter501 on PBS this Wednesday!
What’s it like to care for an African blackfooted penguin? We’re celebrating African Penguin Awareness Day on our web cam today at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., where you can hear from our penguin keepers answer questions live.
The Aquarium’s groundbreaking sea otter program will be featured on PBS “Nature” October 16 at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings). Follow the remarkable journey of #Otter501 from her rescue as a stranded three-day old pup to her release. Against all odds, will she be able to survive and thrive in the wild?
Share a Halloween e-card with your friends! Meet our spooky stars, from goblin sharks to ghost shrimp.
Fifteen-foot white shark bites robot? Now that’s a battle of the titans! An underwater research robot from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently came back with shark teeth embedded in its aluminum hull.
This underwater robot, known as Tethys, just came back from two continuous weeks at sea, helping MBARI scientists monitor harmful algal blooms as part of the Fall 2013 CANON experiment. When MBARI engineers pulled the long-range autonomous underwater vehicle (LR-AUV) from the water they discovered large scrapes on its sides. Based on the gape of the bite mark, shark expert Dave Ebert from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories estimates that it was a 15-foot-long white shark that attacked the AUV!
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Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions at Fiesta del Mar October 20. The day includes live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more. Children 12 and under admitted free all day!
What’s it take to keep our animals healthy and happy? Find out from our staff veterinarian, Dr. Mike Murray.
Have suggestions for future podcasts? We’d love to hear them!
Looking for some good news? As U.S. fisheries rebound under strict federal management, more species are earning Seafood Watch sustainable ratings. Of the 242 U.S. fishery species assessed by our program, 95% of commercial landings have earned a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” recommendation as environmentally responsible options. Seafood Watch upgraded many U.S. fisheries in 2013 based on new peer-reviewed science reports, including red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico, East Coast monkfish and trap-caught black sea bass, and many Atlantic flatfishes.
Love penguins? In honor of African Penguin Awareness Day on Saturday, Oct. 12, our penguin experts will answer questions on our live web cam at at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Just submit them on Facebook in advance, and then visit this page at the appointed times. We welcome questions about the penguin chick that’s growing up behind the scenes, how we care for our penguins, and the issues this endangered species faces in the wild!
What do Aquarium staffers do in their spare time? Go whale watching of course! Thanks to Web Designer Kevin Garcia for the great shots, taken Saturday. We’re still seeing record numbers of humpbacks in Monterey Bay.