Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Stop by and sea the sparkling sensocean inside the Kelp Forest, or tune in to the Kelp Forest Cam to catch a glimmering glimpse!…
These bustling baitfish are creating quite the commocean in the Bay right now thanks to a strong upwelling season bringing nutrient-rich, cold seawater up from the canyon and seeding the seas with phytoplankton galore for the anchovies to sup on.
Say hello to our little friends! We’ve ofishially added a new silvery swirling school of about 17,000 northern anchovies to our Kelp Forest Exhibit!
Weave got a feast for your eyes: Check out this deep-sea basket star!
No one can resist the pawer of the Sea Otter Cam…
Happy Birthday fishes, @MBARI_News! Congratuloceans on 35 laps around the sunfish!…
Paws for a little searenity 🎥: Thanks to senior sea otter aquarist extraordinaire Jess for the pawfully cute video!R
“May the Fourth be with you!” - R2DTuna, Open Sea Cam…
Start your day with some float-meal on the Jelly Cam…
Here's 12 hours of bloody-belly comb jellies + ambient music to relax, study, sleep, and vibe to: ▶️
Happy otterversary Sushi! Make it a pawesome one! 🦦❤️…Y
Pfeiffer hatched on March 24 as part of a Species Survival Plan for this critically endangered species. Working together with @zoos_aquariums, we can ensure the population of African penguins across North America is healthy and diverse, and support recovery efforts in the wild.
Pfeiffer is currently behind the scenes receiving egg-cellent care from parents Walvis and Boulders and our un-bird-lievable aviculture staff. Once they molt into their waterproof juvenile plumage, they’ll be ready to join the rest of the African penguin colony back on exhibit!
It’s ofishal! Thanks to thousands of you who voted on a name for our new penguin check, we’re excited to announce that the pengwinning name is…Pfeiffer!! 🎉v
Find out more about lumpfish and check them out for yourself in our latest exhibition “Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean”!
Lumpfish are so-named for their ridged, bumpy texture created by fleshy knobs known as tubercles. Denizens of the deep in adulthood, lumpfish migrate to shallower waters to breed, leaving little clumps of lumps to develop in warmer temperatures before returning to frigid depths.
Oh you know we’re suckers for lumpfish! They look otherworldly, in part because they love to cling on: Modified pelvic fins form a round suction cup that helps lumpfish stick around and save energy. In fact, their family name “Cyclopteridae” comes the Greek for "circle "fin”!
Very beautiful, very powerful
Things are shore looking swell on the Monterey Bay Cam…
The Moon Jelly Cam will crater your next watch party…
5/5 The crab then inflates its flexible new outerwear by pumping itself full of water. The new carapace hardens over time, a size or two too big for its current resident, giving the crab a little more time to dwell on its next full-body makeover. It's an exoskeleton of work!
4/5 A molting crab will use a specialized organ to pull valuable building blocks out of their current carapace—this is why crab molts on the beach are so brittle! The crabs then back out of the old exoskeleton, emerging as a “soft shell crab”!
3/5 Crabs and other crustaceans have an exoskeleton—like full-body shoes they operate from within. As they grow larger, the selfie-shoes get smaller. Eventually, they need to make some new kicks out of themshellves.
Thanks to Aquarist Kelsey and the rest of the cheer squad for capturing this crustacean sensation!
What did the decorator crab say after molting? “I’m beside myself!”
Spider (crab) Cam! Spider (crab) Cam! Does whatever a Spider Crab Cam!…
Help us cele-bray-te #WorldPenguinDay by choosing a name for our newest penguin chick! Do they look more like a Cypress, Aster, or Pfeiffer? The winning name will be announced May 2! (Please note, only votes placed on our poll page will be counted!) 🐣🐧…IFkK
Our lives and our futures depend on the health of our beautiful, blue living ocean. When we protect the ocean, we are safeguarding the amazing living systems that delight and sustain us. We can create a future where we and the ocean thrive together. Let’s do it! #EarthDay2022
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Please join us in sealebrating our inkredible volunteers! We could not accomplish our mission without the thousands of fintastic people and their millions of hours of tireless dedicocean to keep the Aquarium running, especially the last few years. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
Feeling afloof? Sea Otter Cam is here 🦦…e
Whoa, do we have a seaweed story for you! These awesome algae and powerful plants are blazing a trail for climate change resilience:
Don’t fight the searen call of the Kelp Forest Cam…
I'm honored to be included in @smithsoniannpg's campaign encouraging folks to get engaged & make our world a better place. So many great individuals are leading the way in #OurStruggleForJustice. We can all play our part. It makes a difference.
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These gloriously globose and highkey pokey deep-sea king crabs are part of the seafloor’s cleanup crew, searching for scraps and small bites in the muck. You can check out the porcupine crabs in our new “Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean” exhibition!
Porcupine crabs and their king crab kin are related to hermit crabs and lack one pair of walking legs compared to “true crabs”, while their bodily asymmetry tells of a different ancestral tale than other carcinized crustaceans.
Not even its spines can pop the adorabubble that is the Japanese porcupine crab! 😍�uN
Meet Atolla reynoldsi, a new species of deep-sea crown jelly discovered in Monterey Bay. This species honors Jeff Reynolds, @MontereyAq’s first volunteer, and celebrates the contributions of Aquarium volunteers to inspiring ocean conservation. Learn more:
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Every day is a bones day on the Spider Crab Cam!…
Just in case anybody needed confirmation that Lampocteis has a through-gut. Also, the poo is sparkly!! Move over unicorns! Thanks to Aquarist MacKenzie for the video
This may well be the world’s first-ever video of a bloody-belly comb jelly pooping!
Our reaction when we found out that salmon snailfish can taste with their lil’ chin whiskers
Have a crabulous day with our ✨NEW✨ Spider Crab Cam!…
Pom-pom anemones take on a variety of shapes—from low and flat to round and puffy. In fact, scientists have seen puffed up anemones rolling across the seafloor like living tumbleweeds, "blown" by deep sea currents. Gives a whole new meaning to "rolling in the deep!"
One, two, three, four, who’s that muppet on the seafloor? It’s a pom-pom anemone! Though they may look like glow-in-the-dark chrysanthemums, pom-pom anemones are animals not plants! Their tentacles are covered in stinging cells, ready to catch a crustacean snack as it passes by.
Scaling up our operoceans on the Open Sea Cam…
We’re sure that many of you are fans of giant isopods already—but if you’re not yet convinced, check this out! You can see AND TOUCH them in our new exhibition, ”Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean”! Tag someone who needs to give a giant isopod a pat on the back!
Because food fragments can be few and far between, giant isopods have adapted to eat as much as they can at one time, and then may not eat again for a year or more!
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