Showing posts tagged as "Exhibit updates"
Happy #Friday! Love sharks? We just added a beautiful female sevengill to the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit! It’s 59 inches long and weighs just over 30 pounds.
Learn how we’re helping save sharks
Menace or merely misunderstood? Despite appearances, the monkeyface-eel isn’t a true eel—and it definitely doesn’t act like one. This reclusive fish seldom travels more than 15 feet from its home, and mostly eats algae.
(Photo: Charlene Boarts)
Can’t stop watching this strolling cephalopod? Don’t be fooled by its delicate movement—the mimic octopus can easily scare off potential predators. In a flash, this master of mimicry changes its color and shape to hover like a lethal lionfish or slither like a poisonous sea snake.
Need a cool image to enliven your computer desktop? How about this crazy cock-eyed squid?
We’re displaying amazing deep-sea cephalopods like the cock-eyed squid in Tentacles with the help of our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). These animals come and go so check here and on our Facebook page for the latest!
View all our wallpapers
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)
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!
Down the Hatch! Watch Our Little Penguin Chick Eat a Big Fish
Gulp! How’s our African blackfooted penguin chick doing behind the scenes? Well, it now has a name (Rey, for “Monterey”), is comfortable being hand-fed, and weighs a portly 3.4 pounds! The youngster was born at the Aquarium June 4, and will go back on exhibit with its parents, Karoo and Messina, after a few months.
Is it a Fish? A Snake? A Jelly? Actually, it’s a Mimic Octopus—and We Have One on Exhibit in Tentacles!
Ever wish you could become someone else? The mimic octopus can. In less time than it takes to say “alter ego,” this curious cephalopod can become a venomous lion fish. Or a sea snake. Or a jelly.
“It will mimic these other animals when it’s threatened,” says Aquarist Chris Payne. “To become a snake, for instance, it will display black-and-white bands, extend two arms lengthwise and bury the other arms in the sand.”
In another favorite trick, it outspreads all its tentacles like a big prickly ball, to resemble the spines on a lion fish. Or it expands its mantle to look like a giant jelly. It all says one thing to a potential predator: Stay clear!
We’re one of the few aquariums to display this fascinating species (Thaumoctopus mimicus), which was only discovered in 1998, says Chris. Ours came from Japan, and is almost two feet from tip to tip. Its native habitat is sandy estuaries in the Indo-Pacific region.
Come find it if you can!
How do we collect and display amazing deep-sea cephalopods for our Tentacles exhibit? It takes a big boat, a remote-controlled robot, and help from our colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute!
Learn more about the flapjack octopus and the cock-eyed squid.
(Jonathan Wolf photos)