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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.
What’s your guess? It’s a tradition with our staff to predict the day when the first pigeon guillemots will arrive and nest under our decks, traditionally between Feb. 21 and March 1. We’ll let you know when we see them!
Could this be the loneliest humpback? Our expert whale spotters are still seeing a solitary humpback whale circulating in the bay, while most of its brethren have moved through, heading south to their winter calving grounds!
(Dan Albro photo)
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!
Need something relaxing? Check out this new video of our beautiful crown jellies. You can see them now in “The Jellies Experience”!
Win Tickets to “The Party with Alton Brown”
Enter to win tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “The Party with Alton Brown” sweepstakes, through Feb. 28. You could land one of two pairs of tickets to the new Cooking for Solutions event everyone’s talking about! This decadent dessert-focused fête on Saturday, May 17, is perfect for late-night party lovers. Meet special guest host Alton Brown, who will be on hand to sign books throughout the evening. Enjoy music, sweets, savory surprises, signature cocktails and more. (You must be 21 or older to enter and attend.)
Bonus: Based on entries received each week, we’ll select one weekly winner to receive a gift package filled with some surprisingly delightful goodies!
Gray whale traffic jam? It’s a nice problem to have! Our expert spotters say it’s that special time of year when the first gray whales are returning from their southern calving grounds, heading north; while others are still heading south. Thankfully, no collisions reported!
(Laura Francis NOAA)
Not only does the “electric flame” or “disco” scallop have cool names, it’s also quite striking! This clam generates light by unfurling its reflective mantle. Scientists believe this is to lure prey, or perhaps serve as a warning to predators.
See it now in the Splash Zone tunnel!
Love jellies? We have a new species, lemon jellies (Aegina citrea), in “The Jellies Experience”. They were collected here in the bay with the help of our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and raised behind the scenes. These jellies are unique because they swim with their tentacles out front, using them like a rake to catch other jellies.
This group (there are several species) also is one of the most abundant jellies in the bay, and is found in high numbers even in the oxygen minimum zone.