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Want to stay connected to our animals, exhibits and conservation efforts? We've moved our blog to Tumblr. This blog will continue, but you'll find the latest updates on Tumblr. Thanks for your interest! Monterey Bay Aquarium Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Sea Notes
By Chuck Saltsman, Senior Producer, Interpretive Media at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photos ©Monterey Bay Aquarium, photographed by Tyson Rininger Ten yards in front of me, a 14-foot great white shark churns the water into a pink foam as it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Every once in a while an issue comes along that unites everyone around a common goal. This year, that issue was the protection of sharks, and the goal was to end the shark fin trade here in California. We accomplished... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2011 at Sea Notes
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For the sixth time since 2004, our husbandry team has successfully brought a juvenile great white shark from the wild to temporarily reside in the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He was collected by our team... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2011 at Sea Notes
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There’s always something going on in the Kelp Forest Touch Pool. Right now you can see the giant keyhole limpet (Megathura crenulata). This is no ordinary snail. The body of a keyhole limpet can grow to be almost 10 inches... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2011 at Sea Notes
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s newly renovated Open Sea exhibit is best known for amazing animals, including giant green sea turtles, ocean sunfish, speedy tunas, puffins and more. But it also has an artistic streak. That’s because in the Open Sea’s... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2011 at Sea Notes
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium is bringing a virtual Aquarium scuba experience to concertgoers, Giants fans and participants at other public events throughout the Bay Area during a “Share the Love” summer. How does this virtual Aquarium on wheels work? You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Since opening in 1996, our million-gallon Outer Bay exhibit has been home five white sharks, speedy 600-pound tunas, green sea turtles, and an ocean sunfish that grew so large it had to be lifted out with a helicopter and released... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Our two male African blackfooted penguin chicks—the first ever born at the Aquarium—are back on exhibit in the Splash Zone. Pebble and Tola, born earlier this year, were moved behind the scenes until they learned how to swim and get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2011 at Sea Notes
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The Animal Research and Care Center, commonly known as the ARCC, is located in nearby Marina. While the building isn't open to the public, it's playing a critical role in housing some of the majestic open-ocean animals that you'll see... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Sea Notes
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For the first time ever at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of our weedy sea dragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) is carrying eggs. In late April, aquarists saw the animals performing a courtship dance. When they came in the morning of April... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Sea Notes
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By Jim Covel, senior manager of guest experience An evolving news story over the past few weeks involves “Flex,” a 13-year old male gray whale. What makes Flex special is that he’s a bit lost you might say. Flex is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2011 at Sea Notes
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What can you learn from a sea otter’s whisker? Oceans of information, according to a new research project. By testing just a few whiskers for their chemical makeup, scientists can learn about sea otter diets and the productivity of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at Sea Notes
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The first blackfooted penguin chick ever to be born on exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is going to grooming school. After a very successful three weeks on exhibit, the chick went behind the scenes January 29 for its own... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2011 at Sea Notes
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By Jim Covel, senior manager of guest experience It’s easy to get caught up in all the issues, challenges, demands and other details that complicate our daily lives. And then every so often something happens that snaps you back to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Thanks to everyone who has been following developments with our first-ever penguin chicks. We regret to announce that the second chick died January 18. We’re still working to determine the cause. Fortunately you can still see the first chick and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Could these be the same species? Our aquarists were overjoyed when a fisherman donated this beautiful orange colored rockfish to the Monterey Bay Aquarium (left). But they were also puzzled, because it had characteristics of two species. Taking a chapter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2011 at Sea Notes
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For visitors to the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit, our common murres are anything but common. These birds are often mistaken for penguins as they “fly” fearlessly underwater past fishes that are five times their size. But despite their speedy ways,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2011 at Sea Notes
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When Director of Husbandry Operations Jon Hoech heard the Russians were coming earlier this year, he welcomed them with open arms. In early November, a group of four aquarists and one translator arrived from Vladivostok, on the Sea of Japan.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Sea Notes
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There are more than 100 species of rockfish, and many prefer life down deep. They can be found at 300 feet or more, and some live at depths to 1,600 feet. But just as human divers have problems when they... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at Sea Notes
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How dedicated are Monterey Bay Aquarium volunteers? Lloyd Rice and his daughter, Karen Harris, recently celebrated fantastic milestones in their service as volunteer divers. Lloyd is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and just retired from maintenance diving at the Aquarium... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2010 at Sea Notes
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For Brianne Fitzgerald, associate curator of fish and invertebrates, diving isn’t just a diversion. Her entire career has been based on a passion for being beneath the waves. “When I was in college at Humboldt State [University], I took every... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at Sea Notes
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In September we released two healthy sevengill sharks into Monterey Bay. They thrived during their stay, the largest growing five inches (to more than seven feet in length) and gaining 36 pounds. Just as important, they helped educate thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Author Jim Covel is senior manager of guest experience at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Sylvia Earle this past summer at the Blue Ocean Film Festival. If you haven’t heard of Sylvia, she... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2010 at Sea Notes
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For the first time ever, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is displaying shortsnout seahorses (Hippocampus breviceps). Seventeen of these tiny seahorses (up to three inches) were added to the Secret Lives of Seahorses special exhibition in late August. You can find... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Sea Notes