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Join us for a lively late-night party at Cooking for Solutions May 17, featuring cocktails from American Harvest Organic Spirit, wines from The Hess Collection, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company beer floats. Meet special guest host Alton Brown, enjoy food from local chefs and great music from Star 101.3 DJ Magic Matt.
See you there!
What’s it take to wrap the Aquarium with giant #Tentacles? Here’s all you need to know, in 45 seconds.
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Behold the Flapjack Octopus!
Does this octopus look familiar? The “flapjack octopus” is a rarely observed, deep-sea species, but you may know it better as the inspiration for the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and it’s on exhibit now in our Tentacles special exhibition, which opened this morning for members, and tomorrow (April 12) for the general public!
These images show the flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp.) in the wild, and in on exhibit. We use a red light to display this species. Since the octopus can’t see red light, it thinks it’s in the darkness of the deep sea, its natural environment.
Very little is known about the life history of these animals. They’re one of the cirrate octopuses – a tiny group within the overall family. We may yet discover more species in this group—with the help of MBARI. They’re helping us learn about many deep-sea species, through video observation and occasionally collecting individuals. One of the flapjack octopuses even laid eggs in our behind-the-scenes holding area. That first batch didn’t mature, but we’ll try again if any other individuals reproduce.
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Help! They appear to be growing.
Can you find the cuttlefish? Come make your own discoveries this weekend at the Aquarium—we’ll have longer hours April 12-27 in honor of spring break (and our new exhibit): 9:30 am to 6 pm (9 am on weekends for members).
Just two days left! Enter our “It’s Time for Tentacles!” sweepstakes and you could win an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our new special exhibition (opens Saturday). Enter once per day!
Did you know that sunken logs can create new worlds for seafloor animals? Recent deep-sea research by our sister organization, The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, shows that even bits of waterlogged dead wood can support thriving communities of animals, where wood-boring clams serve as “ecosystem engineers.”
We’ve always known that our live web cams carry the Aquarium experience—and a love of our oceans—across the globe. But we never expected this.
On April 8 Army Staff Sergeant Sean Holiday, on his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, called to say he was watching our Kelp Cam and discovered that his uncle, volunteer Andy Holiday, was narrating an underwater feeding. Acting quickly, our staff relayed the message to Andy, who was able to wave to his nephew from inside the exhibit, more than 7,000 miles away. It was a special moment for Andy, Sean and all the visitors who were made aware of what was happening.
Sean, thank you for your service, your connection to family, and your love of our oceans!
And to Andy – and all of our 1,200 volunteers – we celebrate you during National Volunteer Week.
Did you know that more than 15,000 people volunteer at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums every year? Our own volunteers guide visitors through our exhibits, staff our information desk and work behind the scenes. We truly couldn’t do it without them! In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, thank you for all you do!