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For Earth Day: A Greener Wristband
We want families to have peace of mind when they visit the Aquarium. That’s why, since 2012, we’ve handed out disposable wristbands for younger children to wear. Parents write their cell phone number on the wristband, so if youngsters are separated from their parents, it’s easy to reunite them.
The only drawback? All the wristbands on the market were made from plastic that can’t be recycled or composted. Our Guest Experience team KNEW there had to be a greener way to go. But there were no better options.
“I was amazed that none of the manufacturers had explored the possibility of developing a wristband that was environmentally friendly,” says Tom Uretsky, our director of security.
Persistence pays off
Tom approached one of the leading manufacturers – MedTech Wristbands – when he saw them advertising a biodegradable product. Unfortunately, it was still “only a concept”. Even if it existed, he was told, MedTech couldn’t print wristbands in color.
Tom persisted. What if the Aquarium agreed to buy the Earth-friendly wristbands – LOTS of them? Would MedTech invest in the equipment to print custom designs in color?
That got their attention. Within a month, new equipment was in place and the wristbands in production, imprinted with colorful Splash Zone illustrations
First thousands, now millions
“We’ve already gone through our first 5,000, and we have another 10,000 on order,” Tom says. “They cost a bit more, but they’re completely in sync with our mission to inspire conservation of the oceans, and to promote green business practices.”
More importantly, says Matt Wright, senior account executive with MedTech, biodegradable wristbands like “Genesis” are quickly catching on with other businesses. The company has gone from a single client – Monterey Bay Aquarium – to hundreds of clients who have collectively placed total orders for millions of the new-generation wristbands. In addition to being biodegradable, MedTech’s “Genesis” is also “litter free”, a feature that’s attractive to green businesses that want to keeping their grounds clean and free of debris.
“We’re delighted that we’re helping shift the market in an eco-friendly direction,” Matt says. “Were so grateful that the Monterey Bay Aquarium spurred us on.
"It’s definitely an idea whose time has come.”
Beautiful, mysterious—and little changed in 150-million years. Have you seen them? We have chambered nautilus in our new special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.
Learn more about nautilus
Killer sponges! Sounds like creatures from a B-grade horror movie, doesn’t it? In fact, they thrive in the lightless depths of the deep sea. Learn more about the latest finds from our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
Update: Apparently the dad changed his mind, and is no longer brooding the two young ones. The good news: we have taken them back in for care, as we have done many times before, and the prognosis for successful re-release is excellent!
We recently re-united to snowy plover chicks with their father on a nearby beach. The tagged chicks were mistakenly picked up by beachgoers who thought they were abandoned, and brought to the Aquarium for care. The adult plover still had one chick with him, and representatives of California State Parks and Point Blue put a small cage over the chick to keep the parent close by until we could arrive with the other two. We then placed all three chicks in the enclosure to give the dad a chance to see them. After ensuring that the male was interested in the chicks, we removed the cage and he began caring for all three once again. Success!
Once numbering in the thousands, U.S. Pacific coast western snowy plovers were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1993. Today it’s estimated that only about 2,100 plovers breed along the coast, with the largest number found from south San Francisco Bay to southern Baja California. You can help keep adult plovers from abandoning their nests. Keep your dog on a leash on beaches during snowy plover breeding season and stay out of areas that have been blocked off as bird nesting sights.
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.
Learn more about our new exhibit
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.
Learn more about the exhibit
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!