Good morning! Our Laysan albatross, Makana, can’t wait to come out and meet you at 1:30 in front of the Kelp Forest, every day.
We’re offering free admission to all federal workers until the shutdown of many U.S. government agencies ends. The offer is good seven days a week for all federal employees – both the 800,000 furloughed by the shutdown and other military and civilian employees still on the job. Any federal employee, regardless of where they live, will receive one free admission by presenting their federal I.D. card as they enter. (Does not apply to family members.)
Getting in the Halloween spirit yet? Behold this week’s #WeirdWednesday photo: the shiny loosejaw! Unearth more ocean mysteries by following the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on Facebook!
This fish is from the family dragonfishes, and lives in pelagic waters to depths up to 1,200 meters (almost 4,000 feet). It has red light organs, or photophores, beneath its eyes. Red luminescence is rare in the deep sea and most deep-sea animals can not see red light. The shiny loosejaw can see red - essentially providing themselves with their own night vision goggles! It also has a long chin barbel for luring prey.
In honor of National Seafood Month, we’d love to know: what’s your favorite sustainable seafood?
Thar be humpback whales!
Got lunch plans today? Here’s the view out our restaurant window. Thanks to Senior Guest Experience Trainer Dan Albro for the great shots!
Get ready to watch live otters in the wild anytime from your computer! We’re happy to announce the campaign to build a live web cam in Elkhorn Slough reached its Kickstarter goal. Thanks to those that supported the campaign.
Mystical object, or ocean animal? This is how life started for the African blackfooted penguin chick that hatched August 15. Our aviculturists hold eggs to the light, a process called candling, to monitor development during incubation.
Happy #Monday! Are you ready to embrace the week like this red octopus? Thanks to volunteer Bob Coble for the great shot!
Learn more about “Tentacles” our special exhibition opening this spring.
It’s National Estuaries Day! Why not celebrate with a visit to nearby Elkhorn Slough? Learn more and help conserve the Slough: http://www.elkhornslough.org/