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How’s our beautiful new sandbar shark doing? According to Jon Hoech, director of husbandry operations, he’s “navigating the Open Sea exhibit very well, and has integrated with the rest of the population without problems. We’re pleased!” And, as you can see here, he’s also quite popular with pilot fish!
Watch him now on our live web cam.
Can a person learn to love seaweed? It’s a major feature of Monterey Bay, and we just added great examples to our Touch Pools, including dead man’s fingers (Codium sp.), ribbed kelp (Castoria sp.) and even beautiful sea palm (Postelsia sp.), which we collect in very limited amounts with special permission of the California Department of Fish and Game!
One of our smaller green sea turtles, Azul, has been added to the Open Sea exhibit for the first time. This eight-year-old turtle is being “mentored” by one of our large turtles, estimated to be in her 60s! The young turtle is learning how to navigate the exhibit and locate feeding targets. So far so good!
Check them out on our live web cam!
Did you know that many of our exhibits use water directly from the bay? This means we get some amazing animals, like this beautiful red urchin (Strongylocentrotus franciscanus), when we clean our plumbing! You can enjoy this prickly present right now in our touch pool.
Whalewatching boats report an abundance of humpbacks, grays and orcas in Monterey Bay this week — not including this guy, who’s waiting to give you a perfect photo op inside the aquarium.
We only exhibit spotted comb jellies (Leucothea pulchra) when they’re present in the bay—and we have them now in the Drifters Gallery. We’re also the only aquarium to exhibit these fragile jellies!