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It may not be built for speed, but it’s plenty tough! We have a leather chiton in our Splash Zone Kelp Garden exhibit. This football-shaped chiton can reach five inches, has strong protective plates, and thrives on exposed rocky coasts and in strong wave action.
It’s considered a keystone species as it eats a brown algae. Without the leather chiton, this algae would predominate.
Can you find it? There is a commensal crab hiding in this giant bell jelly (Scrippsia pacifica)! Applied Research Microbiologist Emma Fiori took this amazing photo behind the scenes of our “Jellies Experience” special exhibition.
How does a big skate grow? Take a look! Our clever aquarists have surgically inserted a window into this big skate egg case, where you can see a live, viable embryo. These skates can grow to eight feet!
There’s no way that octopus can get out of its enclosure! Or IS there? Get a glimpse into the life of an octopus wrangler in this new video highlighting our forthcoming “Tentacles” special exhibition.
Noticed a new otter on exhibit? Welcome back, Ivy! She joins rescued pup 649 and Gidget in our two-story display. Ivy—also known as Wild Child for her lively nature—was rescued near San Luis Obispo as a two-week-old pup in 2011.
Shedding Some (Natural) Light on Our New No-Flash Policy
Can you take great pictures without a flash? With the advent of our new “no-flash policy,” our guides and volunteers decided to find out. Check out these amazing shots, and decide for yourself!
About the Change
Why change our policy? We’ve always discouraged the use of camera flash in certain areas, but with the upcoming opening of our ”Tentacles” special exhibition that will feature extremely light-sensitive animals, we’re applying this rule to the entire Aquarium.
And so, we ask that you turn off your flash when taking photographs inside. You’ll get better photos—and our animals and other visitors will thank you!
While cameras have different ways of turning off the flash feature, it’s important to know how to operate yours. You’ll know you’ve turned off the flash when you see the universal symbol of a lightning bolt with a diagonal slash through it.
If your camera model uses a “focusing light”, please don’t use your camera inside.
Use your camera’s settings to “compensate” for low light where needed. Learn more.
Favorite areas for family photos are on our decks (with good light and the bay in the background) or in front of our Aquarium logo at the main entrance. It’s okay to use flash in these areas if you need to.
Consider downloading the Monterey Bay Aquarium app on your iPhone. You can download and share excellent professional photos of your favorite Aquarium animals and exhibits.
Photos are also available for purchase in our Gift & Bookstore.
And so, we’ll finish with your favorite double entendre, displayed prominently next to one of our most popular exhibits: “Please, don’t flash the octopus!”
Thanks to these staff and volunteers! Emily Simpson, Amy Jo, Katie Johnston and Doris Nishimoto
Weird, squishy, tiny, huge, secretive and generally awesome: Listen to our aquarists talk about the animals in our forthcoming special exhibition, “Tentacles, the Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes”. Opens April 12!
Did you know you can go diving from your desk? Our live HD Kelp Cam offers multiple views of our famed Kelp Forest exhibit. The views change randomly every minute except when there is a feeding show.
Feeling sheepish? We’d love your creative caption for this photo of Maq, our African blackfooted penguin chick who hatched last March.
Thanks to penguin keeper Monika Rohrer for the great shot!