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Gong Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year to all!
To all our friends celebrating the start of the Year of the Horse, our best wishes for a fulfilling new year!
Since red is the traditional color of the new year, what better animal to feature than this yellow (yellow?) seahorse, Hippocampus kuda, which you can see in our Splash Zone exhibit galleries. Despite the name, yellow seahorses come in a variety of colors, including reddish-orange, yellow and even black.
(If you’re feeling especially prosperous, consider giving those you love a bright red Monterey Bay Aquarium gift card to start the year.)
Photo © Monterey Bay Aquarium - Randy Wilder
A First-Class Flight for Our Weedy Seadragons
Last month we sent some weedy seadragons on a most excellent adventure, flying from Monterey to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego on a private plane. Apparently the weedies liked the accommodations, because just a few weeks later, one of the 10 seadragons hatched babies from the eggs it was carrying on its tail!
To ensure delicate handling and limit the amount of car travel required for the animals, the seadragons were carefully packed in coolers before the flight.
“Transporting adult seadragons is not something that happens very often,” said Jonelle Verdugo, our associate curator of fish and invertebrates. “We were a bit concerned about how well they would handle the move from Monterey to Birch. When the male weedy was discovered with eggs on its tail, that elevated our worry to a new level.”
If the male seadragon was stressed, he might have dropped the eggs. The experts at both aquariums did everything possible to reduce stress that might be caused by the trip to San Diego.
“Being able to fly the seadragon in a private plane significantly reduced the amount of time it took to get him from his old home to his new home,” Jonelle added.
Fortunately, “The babies are doing great!” said Birch Aquarium husbandry expert Leslee Matsushige. “They’re eating and getting bigger every day,”
The donated seadragons were part of our temporary exhibit, “The Secret Lives of Seahorses,” which closed September 3 to make room for our next amazing exhibit focusing on octopuses, cuttlefishes and their kin. (It opens April 12, 2014.) Learn more about “Tentacles”.
Miss Our Seahorse Exhibit? We’ve Got You Covered!
In early September, we closed our “Secret Lives of Seahorses” special exhibition to make way for “Tentacles,” our next amazing exhibit focusing on octopuses, cuttlefishes and their kin. (It opens April 12, 2014.) Many of you told us how much you loved the seahorses, so we’re glad to report that we just opened a new, permanent exhibit devoted to seahorses in Splash Zone. Here’s just a glimpse of what you’ll see!
You also asked what happened to the hundreds of seahorses in the decommissioned exhibit. We’re glad to report that all of our seahorses either moved into our new exhibit, or found homes at other accredited institutions. All told, we safely shipped 74 boxes of seahorses to new homes.
There are just a few more days to share your love of seahorses on Instagram and enter to win! Thanks to csick, elkegomez, kathrynwo and seahorsegrrrl for sharing these great seahorse photos!
How many ways can you show your love of seahorses? Your contributions to our Instagram contest continue to amaze. Thanks to queenfeve, deerwalker, reesies87 and lady_sebastes.
How about some inspiration from our fantastic Instagram followers? Thanks to doodlyroses, joseph_wu_origami, littlehiccups and pomegranatemuse. Care to share your love of seahorses on Instagram? You could win!
Have you shared your seahorse Instagram images yet? We’re getting some fantastic contributions. Thanks to Instagramers christinesotelo, califaskat, ewokofdoom and witchysabrina!
Were you there? A year ago one of our weedy sea dragons gave birth on exhibit—a rare event, and a first for us! If you love seahorses, share your love on Instagram and you could win an Aquarium Adventure for four!
Is this poetic justice? In the seahorse kingdom, it’s the dad that gets pregnant! If you love seahorses, share your love on Instagram and you could win an Aquarium Adventure for four!
We’re getting some awesome images for our “Share Your Love of Seahorses on Instagram” contest. Care to post yours? You could win an Aquarium Adventure for four.
Thanks to suunmoonstaars for the great shot!