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Visitors to the Monterey Bay Aquarium often ask, "Where are the whales in the aquarium?" We let them know how lucky we are to be right here on Monterey Bay, a hotspot for over 13 species of cetaceans -- whales... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Our Seafood Watch apps (available for the iPhone and Android) help you make choices for healthy oceans. Since launching a new feature - Project FishMap - we've been encouraging users across the U.S. to share where they're finding ocean-friendly seafood... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Twilight. Forks, Washington. Alluring faces that captivate hearts and win over strangers. But beware! Behind the bright eyes and captivating charm, sharp teeth are ready to strike at any moment on unsuspecting innocents. Yes, blood will be drawn for sure.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Pup-date: What happened to pup 540? The young pup stayed on exhibit for 5 months, until she was old enough to be weaned from her surrogate. We then found her a permanent home at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Back by popular demand, sustainable seafood advocate Alton Brown joins us for a third time at Cooking for Solutions. Our new Coastal Living Pavilion venue will allow Alton fans to spend a full hour with the Good Eats guru, as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2011 at Sea Notes
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California AB 376 - legislation to ban the sale of shark fins in California - is heading toward its first committee hearing in the California Assembly. You can show your support by sending an online letter to your assemblyperson from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Around the world, two sharks die every second –- up to 70 million a year. That’s the estimate from scientists on the number of sharks being removed from our oceans, mostly just for their fins. It’s a staggering number, whichever... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2011 at Sea Notes
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In a nest, high up in the penguin condos in our Splash Zone exhibit, African blackfooted penguins, Umngane and Dassen have been keeping a secret; they were guarding an egg! Although our staff believed the egg to be viable, we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Sea Notes
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Herbie Hippocampus the Aquarium's most famous seahorse celebrates the holidays with all his Facebook friends. Thanks to everyone who participated in the daily sing-a-long. Don't forget to download these songs from c-Tunes! The Hippocampus Song Brine shrimp roasting on an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2010 at Sea Notes
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It's that time again. The best in ocean blogging. Check out this month's carnival hosted by Deep Type Flow, with a festive 12 days of blogging. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Seems like at least once a year, we discuss the plight of the bluefin tuna and rarely have good news to report. This time is no exception with no let up for the beleaguered species in its Mediterranean breeding grounds.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2010 at Sea Notes
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It's here - the best in Ocean Blogging, hosted this month by our friends at Oceana. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Off the coast of Washington State, the community of resident orcas of Puget Sound are in decline. Scientists, fearing that stress of invasive sampling techniques could be harmful, have called in an expert to help them collect samples in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Musical Mustelids It’s all change at the sea otter exhibit. Wave goodbye to Joy and pup 502, and say hello to Kit and Rosa. After several months behind the scenes, young Kit is back! We hope you’ve been following her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Toxic algae -- add this to the long list of possible suspects in the death of a California sea otter. As if this much beleaguered icon didn't have enough to contend with -- oil spills, toxins, parasites, sharks, and a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2010 at Sea Notes
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This summer is the ninth year of our White Shark Project. Through this work we have been able to display five juvenile great whites in our Outer Bay exhibit and have tagged and tracked these sharks, and nearly 40 others... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2010 at Sea Notes
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We're frequently asked at the Aquarium, "How many fish are there in the ocean?" That's pretty easy to answer if you're talking about who lives in one of our exhibits, but if you're asking about a fish you'd find on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Sea Notes
Sea otter pup 502 is settling into her exhibit on the morning that the news is in on the latest population count for the California population. With only one cute pup on exhibit (plus mom), it doesn't take long to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Sea Notes
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The Monterey Peninsula is set to host its first-ever ocean film festival. The BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit will be in town from August 25 to 29 with a top lineup of ocean-inspired films, documentaries and events for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Our Seafood Watch pocket guides (and iPhone app) are designed to help you have a conversation at the fresh fish counter, or the restaurant. But how do you converse with a can? In our newly minted July 2010 pocket guides... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Sometimes, you're just in the right time at the right place, when all the stars align and something really magical happens. That was the experience for a select few folks out on Monterey Bay this week when conditions sparked an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Few people need an additional reason to save sea otters. Beyond their cute, charismatic charm, they're recognized as a keystone species - an animal that by its presence, shapes the environment and the animals that live there in a way... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Sea Notes
Octopus are known to be intelligent - whether it's figuring out puzzles, taking food out of mazes, or even midnight snack trips to a neighborhood crab tank - these eight-armed marvels are often amazing us. But imagine if the octopus... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2010 at Sea Notes
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There's an unprecedented move afoot in the California legislature. A bill to ban single-use plastic bags in grocery stores in 2012 is one step closer to reality after it passed the Assembly on June 3 by a vote of 41-27.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2010 at Sea Notes
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Everyone loves the jelly exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Many remark that they could sit in front of them all day! But not many people know all of the work it takes to make those exhibits and their inhabitants... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Sea Notes