Monterey Bay Aquarium

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This right here is a very in sight gull photo
Just scoped it out—weekend, incoming!
Looking for a little relaxocean? Take a minute and swim through schools of blacksmiths, blue rockfish, and towers of giant kelp from a dive in Monterey Bay earlier this week!
Penguin Cam: Mightier than the Swordfish Cam…
bat ray sea pup’s got the zoomies
The Shark Cam pairs well with some classic rockfish 🎵…j
🎶 It’s a common octopus in a garden, in the shade �t0
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Tuesday could use a little more pelagic magic: Here’s the Open Sea Cam!…
The enchanting mermaid’s hair of a young bull kelp, photographed last week off the coast of Pacific Grove
Join us tomorrow morning for a plankton of fun with Aquarist Ellen and her magical microscope! We're planning to get started sometime around 10:30am PT, we'll be live on our Twitter/Twitch/YouTube and Facebook—sea you then! 🎮 ▶️
And howl you doing, wolf eel?
Have you ever dreamed of teaching a sea otter, or dancing with an albatross? Or do you lose yourself in thoughts of building a home for a jiggly jelly? Get to know some of the people who work at the Aquarium and their stories in these staff profiles!
“Oh and can I get an extra swirl of chocolate drizzle flatworm? Thank you so much ☺️”
Looks like the Kelp Forest Cam is stipe for the picking!…
A little something to buoy your spirits: Patches of bull kelp have been popping up around the Monterey Peninsula as this annual alga takes advantage of available reef estate. This video was taken yesterday off the coast of Pacific Grove, just a few miles down from the Aquarium.
Pardon us, bull kelp—may we have this dance?
Moon Jelly Cam: Better undulate than never!…
Happy Teuth-sday from this bigfin reef squid! Fun fact: Their genus “Sepioteuthis” means “cuttlefish squid” because of their similar hovercraftian full-mantle fins!
Covering all our bayses on the Monterey Bay Cam…
Attached to the kelp via twisty tendrils so they don’t sail away, incubation for these beautiful bundles is 9-12 months. Swell sharks lay eggs even when they’re unfertilized, so it’s too early to tell if this egg will continue on with its shark tale!
Behold: A swell shark’s eggscellent “mermaid’s purse,” fincrafted in the finest elasmobranchian collagen leather!
A four-leaf clover of moon jelly guts and gonads to ward off those Friday the 13th vibes
Pictured: A flam-buoyant cuttlefish
Just anotter Thursday on the Sea Otter Cam…
#FreshFromTheDeep: A whalefish was spotted last week with ROV Doc Ricketts! This whalefish (order Cetomimiformes) was encountered by @beroe's team on their R/V Western Flyer expedition 2,013 meters deep offshore of Monterey Bay.
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Scale (sea) Mount Gill-imanjaro with the Shark Cam!…
What do you sea in this Rorshark Test?
A little birdie told us you should watch the Aviary Cam…
We egret to inform you that it is Monday—time to wing it!
Congratuloceans, @City_of_Seaside!! The city council has passed an ambitious single-use plastic ordinance, joining other Monterey County communities in helping transition local businesses away from problem plastic. Wonderful news for the Monterey Bay area!
OH HEY BAT RAY! Local divers have spotted aggregations of bat rays along Cannery Row this week!! Using their shovel-like faces to dig for clams to slurp, bat rays leave the sandy seafloor covered in deep divots from their excavation stations—be on the lookout if you’re diving in!
At the Aquarium, divers feed our Metridium anemones with “krill shakes” of blended bites via squeeze bottles—so if you see a dusting of pink on their arms during your visit, that’s a bit of a milk-mustache left over from dessert!
Plumose anemones (Metridium farcimen) are staples of Monterey Bay’s slower-going, deeper reefs. Plumose anemones funnel fleeting foods into billowing bundles of tentacles by extending several feet into the languid currents, creating ghostly stands of miniature animal-forests.
“Deeper than the sun can glow, there forests of animals will grow.” - A Metridium idiom
The northern giant seadevil anglerfish (Ceratias holboelli) is one of the largest anglerfishes. Females may grow up to 1.2 meters long! ROV Ventana encountered this one 500 meters deep in Monterey Bay. Deep-sea anglerfish truly are #WeirdandWonderful:
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The Moon Jelly Cam craters to your screen’s needs…
The deep-sea anglerfish is a couch potato's hero 🛋️🦸🏻‍#WeirdandWonderfulfFF9
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Sea pen content is always a novel idea
It quill be all write, sea pen! This plume is a colony of stinging animals—like a soft coral highrise out of the sand. Anchored by a peduncle and kept aloft by the mast-like rachis, this Ptilosarcus orange sea pen catches drifters with its bouquet of eight-armed, stinging polyps.
PLANKTON: Aaah! A suspension feeder that may filter me out of the current!! SEA PEN: #[email protected]!* PLANKTON: Aaa-... uh, um, everything ok? SEA PEN: &*[email protected]?!! PLANKTON: Hey hey hey, we’re all good, what’s going on? SEA PEN: %^&-Oh, oh sorry, I'm just practicing my curse sieve
The Monterey Bay Cam is alwaves a shore thing…
And we have just been informed that it is indeed Selka (Empress of the Bucket) that is battling Ivy (Usurper of the Bucket)! As you were.
Thanks to Sea Otter Aquarist Extraotternaire Jessica for sending along this video of Abby (Queen of the Bucket) and Ivy (Challenger to the Bucket) engaged in a little bit of playful banter on the rocks!
Tfw they otter know it's your bucket
A #MolluscMonday deep-sea dance party!⁠ ⁠ This grooving group of galatheid crabs and octopus, Muusoctopus sp., was recorded near hydrothermal vents 2,300 meters deep on Alarcón Rise in the Gulf of California. More on hydrothermal vents communities:
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