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Nature provides amazing animals that rival any holiday decoration, don’t you think? We just added crinoid feather stars to our giant Pacific octopus exhibit. These relatives of sea stars hold onto the rocky bottom and feed on tiny organisms using their arms.
Our New Arrival
The little loggerhead sea turtle hatchling rescued by our colleagues in North Carolina is now on exhibit in the Open Sea galleries.
This #TravelingTurtle arrived last Friday and it’s now settling in after its exhibit home was spiffed up a bit.
The youngster hatched in mid-August, three days after its egg was rescued as part of a routine nest excavation performed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The nest was located in the town of Emerald Isle, not too far from the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, where the turtle was raised.
When it left North Carolina, it weighed less than half a pound and was just over 4 inches long.
The loggerhead that we returned to North Carolina will be released offshore in the Gulf Stream in the near future. We’ll share photos of our first #TravelingTurtle going back to the wild.
Many thanks to our friends at USAirways who expedited the turtles’ travels!
Photo ©Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder
What’s In Store This Holiday? Five Great, Green Gift Ideas!
Looking for creative last-minute gift ideas? Our Gift & Bookstore offers gifts crafted from natural, recycled and sustainable materials.
Learn more about our Gift & Bookstore. Bonus: Aquarium members receive a 10 percent discount.
TOP These vibrantly colored baskets are woven by African craftspeople using recycled Zulu telephone wire—a beautiful second life. $42.99-$200.
CENTER LEFT Is your IPad looking for a durable, water-and-wear-resistant cover? This one’s made of cork fabric, lined with unbleached cotton, and accented with coconut shell buttons. $68
CENTER RIGHT Mason jars are in, and each one of ours comes with a Monterey Bay Aquarium engraved glass straw. $24.99.
BOTTOM LEFT Crafted from flattened steel oil drums in Haiti, these beautifully engraved turtles are cut and shaped using hammer and chisel, then decorated using hammer and nail. $29.99-$49.99.
BOTTOM RIGHT These bamboo-body racers are made from the fastest growing plant in the world, and painted with water-based paints. Warning: not suitable for pandas. $7.99
Bonus: Your purchases support our non-profit Aquarium’s education and research initiatives. Happy holidays!
Congratulations to Instagrammer @neosharama, who took this amazing photo of crown jellies at the Aquarium. She’s the winner of our recent “Share Your Love of Jellies” contest!
Some divers call them “ping pong balls with fins.” Their real name is just as good: the Pacific spiny lumpsucker. We just added six to our Kelp Touchpool, hatched behind the scenes earlier this year.
We’ve upgraded our live penguin cam to offer a range of views and compatibility with most mobile devices. Let us know what you see!
What caused the demise of the dinosaurs? MBARI researchers find evidence along an immense underwater cliff in the Gulf of Mexico.
What’s the most entertaining thing you’ve ever seen our sea otters do on exhibit? Ivy, our youngest otter, likes to play with her food, and her antics have earned her the nickname, “Wild Child.” We found her stranded as a pup in 2011.
©Michael Yang Photography
It’s a big deal when a penguin chick hatches at the Aquarium. Learn how we’re raising a little one right now—and helping preserve this endangered species.
Look Who’s Headed to Monterey!
On Thursday, we returned one young loggerhead sea turtle to North Carolina for release back to the wild. Today, this hatchling will make the trip to the West Coast for a year-long stay on exhibit in our Open Sea galleries.
It will arrive tonight and go straight from the airport to the exhibit.
This new #TravelingTurtle, like its predecessor, was late to emerge from its nest on a North Carolina beach. It was rescued, along with other laggard hatchlings, and raised by colleagues at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.
The rescued turtles are loaned to aquariums around the country as a way to share the story of this endangered species while the youngsters grow large enough for release.
Our first turtle weighed less than half a pound and measured nearly 4 1/2 inches when it arrived. Yesterday it was nearly 10 inches long and weighed almost 5 pounds.
The new turtle will also be relatively tiny — and will grow impressively fast.
And when it’s big enough, it will again be a #TravelingTurtle: from Monterey to North Carolina to the wild Atlantic.
Photo courtesy North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.