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Long-Distance Flyers
Think you travel a lot? The diminutive red knot probably has you beat, traveling from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego—a distance of 9,300 miles each way—each year. And it does it all under its own steam.
We just added two of these long distance flyers to our Aviary exhibit. You can also view them on our live web cam.
While red knots could put most business travelers to shame, ours have been forced to stick closer to home, due to permanent wing injuries. The pair (a male and female) flew here—in a plane—from the Florida Aquarium, which has hosted them for more than a decade.

Reading up on Red Knots
Red knots (Calidris canutus) are one of the larger sandpipers, and can live to a ripe age. Scientists recently discovered a 21-year-old. 
The birds, which grow to 10 inches, can occasionally be seen in local estuaries such as Elkhorn Slough. But these sightings are rare. These mileage champs breed in some of the coldest places in the world, and winter in some of the hottest. While they travel vast distances, red knots depend on certain stops along the way to fuel up, such as in Hudson Bay and Brazil. This can create challenges for the birds if food sources—particularly horseshoe crab eggs—are in short supply due to overharvesting.
“We’re really excited to have them,” says aviculturist Eric Miller. “Though they’re not technically endangered, red knots in some parts of the world are declining, and this is a great chance for people to see them.”

Long-Distance Flyers

Think you travel a lot? The diminutive red knot probably has you beat, traveling from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego—a distance of 9,300 miles each way—each year. And it does it all under its own steam.

We just added two of these long distance flyers to our Aviary exhibit. You can also view them on our live web cam.

While red knots could put most business travelers to shame, ours have been forced to stick closer to home, due to permanent wing injuries. The pair (a male and female) flew here—in a plane—from the Florida Aquarium, which has hosted them for more than a decade.

Reading up on Red Knots

Red knots (Calidris canutus) are one of the larger sandpipers, and can live to a ripe age. Scientists recently discovered a 21-year-old

The birds, which grow to 10 inches, can occasionally be seen in local estuaries such as Elkhorn Slough. But these sightings are rare. These mileage champs breed in some of the coldest places in the world, and winter in some of the hottest. While they travel vast distances, red knots depend on certain stops along the way to fuel up, such as in Hudson Bay and Brazil. This can create challenges for the birds if food sources—particularly horseshoe crab eggs—are in short supply due to overharvesting.

“We’re really excited to have them,” says aviculturist Eric Miller. “Though they’re not technically endangered, red knots in some parts of the world are declining, and this is a great chance for people to see them.”

Won’t you raise your hands for the Aquarium? We’d love your support in the USA Today 10 Best Aquarium Travel Awards. Vote once per day!Vote now  (MCCVB photo)

Won’t you raise your hands for the Aquarium? We’d love your support in the USA Today 10 Best Aquarium Travel Awards. Vote once per day!

Vote now 

 (MCCVB photo)

Sun seeker? During the day, the spotted jelly travels upward, orienting itself for maximum sun exposure.  It’s also known as a “lagoon jelly” because it lives in bays, harbors and lagoons in the South Pacific. But you don’t need to go that far—they’re on exhibit now in the Jellies Experience! Learn more about the spotted jelly Learn more about the Jellies Experience (Staci Vriese)

Sun seeker? During the day, the spotted jelly travels upward, orienting itself for maximum sun exposure.  It’s also known as a “lagoon jelly” because it lives in bays, harbors and lagoons in the South Pacific. But you don’t need to go that far—they’re on exhibit now in the Jellies Experience!

Learn more about the spotted jelly 

Learn more about the Jellies Experience

(Staci Vriese)

Happy #Friday! Love sharks? We just added a beautiful female sevengill to the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit! It’s 59 inches long and weighs just over 30 pounds. Learn more Learn how we’re helping save sharks(Christopher Michel)

Happy #Friday! Love sharks? We just added a beautiful female sevengill to the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit! It’s 59 inches long and weighs just over 30 pounds.

Learn more 

Learn how we’re helping save sharks

(Christopher Michel)

#ThrowbackThursday: Can you see how this pressing of giant kelp inspired our logo more than 30 years ago? As kelp grows, the topmost blade separates and produces tiny offshoots—it’s this thriving “scimitar blade” that forms our logo.

We’re celebrating 30 years—“kelp” us reach future goals!

Ooey gooey! Pacific Grove teacher’s “icky” approach to marine science may earn a national teaching award, $10,000 and an opportunity to meet President Obama. We’re proud to have Stefanie Pechan on our education staff this summer! Learn more Help us create ocean stewards(David Royal — Monterey Herald)

Ooey gooey! Pacific Grove teacher’s “icky” approach to marine science may earn a national teaching award, $10,000 and an opportunity to meet President Obama. We’re proud to have Stefanie Pechan on our education staff this summer!

Learn more
 

Help us create ocean stewards


(David Royal — Monterey Herald)

What’s the best aquarium in North America? We’d love your support! You can vote once a day until August 18 in the USA Today 10Best Travel Awards. Vote now (Photo: James Perdue)

What’s the best aquarium in North America? We’d love your support! You can vote once a day until August 18 in the USA Today 10Best Travel Awards. 

Vote now 

(Photo: James Perdue)

Did you know that the guitarfish has been playing it flat for 100 million years? We now have three making beautiful music together in our Aviary. It gets its name from a long, pointed snout and guitar-shaped body. It lies in ambush with its eyes sticking out of the sand, waiting for careless crabs to wander by. Lunch!Learn more  (Paul Vineyard photo)

Did you know that the guitarfish has been playing it flat for 100 million years? We now have three making beautiful music together in our Aviary. It gets its name from a long, pointed snout and guitar-shaped body. It lies in ambush with its eyes sticking out of the sand, waiting for careless crabs to wander by. Lunch!

Learn more  

(Paul Vineyard photo)

Menace or merely misunderstood? Despite appearances, the monkeyface-eel isn’t a true eel—and it definitely doesn’t act like one. This reclusive fish seldom travels more than 15 feet from its home, and mostly eats algae.Learn more(Photo: Charlene Boarts)

Menace or merely misunderstood? Despite appearances, the monkeyface-eel isn’t a true eel—and it definitely doesn’t act like one. This reclusive fish seldom travels more than 15 feet from its home, and mostly eats algae.

Learn more

(Photo: Charlene Boarts)

Did you know that we rescue and release endangered (and cute) snowy plovers? So far this year we’ve successfully released 16 birds on area beaches—with more to come!

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.