The Sailfin Sculpin: A Little Fish with a Lot of Character

Hey, where’d you get that funny hat? For the first time ever, we’ve raised salfin sculpins behind the scenes, and they’re now on exhibit in our Kelp Forest touchpool!

It’s the same species we’ve had on exhibit previously, in the Bottom Dwellers exhibit. But when some of those sculpins ( Nautichthys oculofasciatus) laid eggs, Aquarist Kelsey Barker took them behind the scenes and raised them. The sculpins are now several months old, and are doing well on exhibit!

These fish are notable for their conspicuous spiked dorsal fins, and frequent tidepools along the Pacific coast. Although common, they can be hard to spot, as their colors blend with the seaweeds and rocks. 

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.