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Love sharks? We just added a 6-foot, 71-pound sevengill shark to our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit, collected from San Francisco Bay. Besides being beautiful to look at, these sharks are part of ongoing research designed to help save sharks.
Love sharks? We just added two beautiful male sevengills to our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit, collected in San Francisco Bay. One is seven feet and 84 pounds; the other is six feet and 53 pounds. These sharks are tagged and will eventually be released as part of our efforts to learn more about sharks, which are threatened worldwide.
If you have kids, you know that bath time is never easy. So imagine this: we recently gave three black sea bass freshwater baths. This helps maintain the health of this critically endangered species, but also involves a lot of heavy lifting, splashing and coordinated teamwork, according to our aquarists. These 3 have gained between 4 and 13 pounds since June; the largest is 210 pounds!
Did you know that we hand- and pole-feed many of the animals in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit—even sharks? This helps ensure everybody gets just the right amount to eat—not too much, and not too little!
Today’s fun fact for Shark Week: How many shark species can you see when you visit? We have hammerhead and sandbar sharks in the Open Sea; leopard sharks in our Kelp Forest, Aviary and Deep Reefs; horn and swell sharks in our Enchanted Kelp Forest touch pools. We have sevengills, spiny dogfish and angel sharks in Monterey Bay Habitats. In summer we’ve had a white shark in the Open Sea. We have guitarfish in the Aviary and skates and rays in many exhibits. Okay, which species is this?
Cool job! Our Aquarists get to hand-feed many of the fish in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit, like this sturgeon. These fish are sometimes called “living fossils”—they were swimming the world’s waters when dinosaurs roamed the land, and they can live to be over 100 years old! Learn more.
Was that a penguin that just swam past in the Diving Birds exhibit? Actually, they’re common murres, some of which were rescued after an oil spill along the coast. It looks like they’re “flying” underwater!