Showing posts tagged as "exhibit update"
Did you know that we have western pond turtles in the Coastal Stream exhibit? In the spring a young turtle’s mind turns to romance—which means roving far afield in search of love. Over the years we’ve had to catch a few escapees!
Yes—at least in the beak of a cormorant. Our local pelagic cormorants have been busy building nests under the Aquarium. Their preferred material is seaweed, which can be easily gathered and shaped when moist, and then dries to harden into a very solid nest. Lots of guests see cormorants flying by with kelp in their beak, prompting comments like: “I didn’t know cormorants ate seaweed.”
There are several places around the Aquarium where you can watch these birds raising their families!
Here’s your Friday puzzler! We just added 2,300 sardines to the Open Sea exhibit. How many does that make total? Our live web cam might help you make an estimate!
Are these French grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum) in our bycatch exhibit arguing or affectionate? We invite your creative caption!
Learn more about our bycatch exhibit and why it’s important to limit accidentally caught species.
(Thanks to visitor Sam Lopez!)
Have you seen this giant kelpfish in our Splash Zone? He’s got serious domestic duties guarding those eggs and keeping other fish at bay!
Now that’s a face you wouldn’t soon forget! This is a juvenile, but you can find adult big skates in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit. (© Charlene Boarts)
Love #sharks? We just added a hammerhead to the Open Sea exhibit, measuring 5-foot-11 and weighing 68 pounds. That makes three large hammerheads on exhibit—as many as we’ve ever had!
Feeling tentative today? Maybe it’s time to come out of hiding like this mosshead warbonnet. Happy #Friday and have a great weekend!
When are ocean animals art? Surely these brittle stars qualify! Where have you discovered nature’s art at the Aquarium?
Congratulations to Durban the African blackfooted penguin, who turns 21 today! He’s the oldest of our penguins, and is about to celebrate his 12th year with us. In the wild, this species only lives 10-15 years. At zoos and aquariums, they can live to be in their 30s!