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In order to display the striped pyjama squid, our cephalopod...

In order to display the striped pyjama squid, our cephalopod aquarists figured out how to rear them from eggs to hatchlings and finally to adults able to lay viable eggs. They were the first to close the pyjama squid lifecycle!

MARIANDA workshop, 25-29 April 2016, Kiel, Germany

MARIANDA prepares a training workshop for alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) measurements in sea water. The workshop will be held on April 25-29, 2016 in Kiel, Germany. The planning of the workshop is in its initial stage and any feedback and suggestions will be appreciated. The purpose of this workshop is the practical training, troubleshooting […]

2-9-16 Orcas and Sea Lions

As of Tuesday, February 9th... Quick check in on the 'burp' sounds and J Pod showing up (that was last year) far this 'burp' sounds on the Lime Kiln hydrophones - at all - none......and no J Pod presence far... Show More Summary

We’ve added 5,000 anchovies to our Kelp Forest exhibit. In...

We’ve added 5,000 anchovies to our Kelp Forest exhibit. In totally unrelated news: Happy #NationalPizzaDay!

For over 60 years, the “purple sock,” a deep-sea...

For over 60 years, the “purple sock,” a deep-sea creature so strange that researchers couldn’t figure out what it was, kept missing the classification hamper. We now know it’s old hat in the laundromat of life, thanks to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and their colleagues!

Delaware and ocean acidification: preparing for a changing ocean

Executive summary The Science of Ocean Acidification When increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from human activities dissolves in the ocean, it changes the carbon chemistry, lowering pH. This change is called ocean acidification. Ocean Acidification is happening right now and is measurable in the environment. Organisms that build shells and skeletons from […]

Same same but different: high intraspecific variability in CO2 and temperature responses of the Arctic diatom Thalassiosira hyalina

Severely rising CO2 concentrations and subsequently increasing temperatures are two of the most fundamental changes in the oceanic environment now and in the decades to come. The Arctic is today already impacted more than most other regions by Ocean Acidification and warming. Therefore, Arctic phytoplankton like diatoms, which lay the foundation of its marine food […]

Impact of high CO2 on the geochemistry of the coralline algae Lithothamnion glaciale

Coralline algae are a significant component of the benthic ecosystem. Their ability to withstand physical stresses in high energy environments relies on their skeletal structure which is composed of high Mg-calcite. High Mg-calcite is,...Show More Summary

Enhance!The stripes on a pyjama squid are created by...

Enhance! The stripes on a pyjama squid are created by concentrated channels of chromatophores: tiny sacs of pigment that stretch and crumple to create patterns used for camouflage, communication—and even built-in jammies! Read more about our latest addition to our “Tentacles” exhibit, or find out more about how chromatophores work.

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.Haha but seriously, help...

It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this. Haha but seriously, help us equip the next generation with ocean knowledge as a Monterey Bay Aquarium volunteer guide! Join us for an info session February 13 or 18.

Multi-decadal accumulation of anthropogenic and remineralized dissolved inorganic carbon along the Extended Ellett Line in the northeast Atlantic Ocean

Marine carbonate chemistry measurements have been carried out annually since 2009 during UK research cruises along the Extended Ellett Line (EEL), a hydrographic transect in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. The EEL intersects several water masses that are key to the global thermohaline circulation, and therefore the cruises sample a region in which it is critical […]

Incorporating benthic community changes into hydrochemical-based projections of coral reef calcium carbonate production under ocean acidification

The existence of coral reefs is dependent on the production and maintenance of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) framework that is produced through calcification. The net production of CaCO3 will likely decline in the future, from both declining...Show More Summary

Hypercapnia – why intoxicated fish isn’t as funny as it sounds (video)

High concentrations of CO2 in seawater can cause fish to become intoxicated – a phenomena known as hypercapnia. UNSW’s Ben McNeil and Tristan Sasse explain how a rise in our oceans’ CO2 levels could have huge implications for global fisheries and marine ecosystems. UNSW (Australia), via Youtube, 13 december 2015. Video. Filed under: Media coverage

Do baby dolphins hear their parents?

Yes, according to a recent study by Lancaster and colleagues.  Many marine mammals are precocial in that the young are relatively mature and mobile from the moment of birth. Juvenile dolphins for example are independently swim, surface to breathe, and maintain contact with mother on their own.  But how developed is the hearing of a juvenile dolphin?  Are […]

To help you unwind from the big game, here’s a stormy...

To help you unwind from the big game, here’s a stormy super sea-salad bowl sunset for this week’s Seaweed Sunday! 

Did you know all of the animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium eat...

Did you know all of the animals at the Monterey Bay Aquarium eat sustainably sourced seafood? You can too with our Seafood Watch app!   

2-5-16 Phone Support - Free the Snake - Feed the Orcas!

Help in the efforts to breach the four lower Snake River dams. >Feed the Orcas" border="0" class="embedded-thumbnail" height="auto" src=""...Show More Summary

Predicting ocean chemistry using Microsoft Azure (text & video)

Shellfish farmer Bill Dewey remembers the first year he heard of ocean acidification, a phrase that means a change in chemistry for ocean water. It was around 2008, and Dewey worked for Taylor Shellfish, a company that farms oysters in ocean waters off the coast of Washington. That year, thousands of tiny “seed” oysters died […]

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