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Feeling trapped in your cubicle this #humpday? At least you’re not a bryozoan! This bizarre animal lives inside a tiny box-shaped chamber stuck to a blade of kelp, next to dozens of its kin.
(Photo: Garry McCarthy)
Swimming scallops? This sandy seafloor resident doesn’t stick around—it claps its two shells together and jets off to escape being a sea star’s meal.
Try to spot them in our Monterey Bay Habitats gallery
(Photo: Steve Johnston)
Whales? Check. Dolphins? Check. Seals, sea lions and otters? Triple check! Monterey Bay is still teeming with marine mammals. On Friday, staff and guests spotted eight different species from our wildlife viewing station—in 30 minutes!
(Top photo: Dan Albro, Bottom photos: Jim Capwell/Divecentral.com)
Have you seen these awesome thimble jellies (Linuche aquila) in the Jellies Experience?
Sometimes we import our jellies, and sometimes, well, we get lucky: these were grown from polyps that our clever aquarists discovered on rocks in our tropical exhibits.
The medusae (bell) of thimble jellies grow and harvest algae, called zooxanthellae, for sustenance. That’s brown coloration you see in the photos. In nature, these jellies collect in bunches at the surface. Their polyps live in long chitonous tubes, which is very different from the typical fixed jellyfish polyp.
But beware: Thimble jellies are also responsible for “sea bathers eruption” in tropical climes, such as the Caribbean. When the jellies spawn and their larvae form, they get stuck in skin or bathing suits, with unpleasant results!
"My wife went on a four-month trip and left me with binoculars and a bird book. That’s how it all started. When you work with birds, you have to slow down. You have to think about everything—where you put your hands, what cues you give off. They’re so tuned in to body language.”
—Eric Miller, aviculturist
Miss these masters of disguise? We did! Glad to say we once again have pharaoh cuttlefish on exhibit in Tentacles.
Learn more about this special exhibition
Your #Monday puzzler: Can you spot three sanddabs? These flatfish live life lying on their sides—and hiding in plain sight!
(Photo: Charlene Boarts)
Rub-a-dub-dub, four otters in the tub! An ice bath may sound chilly, but sea otters have the world’s densest fur—over a million hairs per square inch. To keep their luxurious coats clean and waterproof, otters spend hours grooming!
Watch the cuteness live
Learn how we’re helping save sea otters
(Photo: Hannah Ban-Weiss)
Space invader! This fetching fish is becoming infamous as it gobbles its way through the world’s oceans. Learn more about the invasive lionfish—and one way to help reduce its devastating effects—in our latest podcast.
Fluorescent fireworks or otherworldly hovercraft? Flower hat jellies defy definition. This nocturnal species drifts in the dark and attaches to the seafloor as the sun shines. Their dazzling bells attract curious fish, while curly tentacles ensnare prey. Thanks to Instagrammer @sandman617 for this vivid video!