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Somewhere, over the rainbow… is us, apparently! Dramatic...

Somewhere, over the rainbow… is us, apparently! Dramatic skies mid-break in the clouds were included with admission today. ??????????

We pelican make a difference for the planet! From facing...

We pelican make a difference for the planet! From facing extinction in the 1970s to their daily fly-bys of the Aquarium, brown pelicans recovered thanks to political pressure by concerned citizens. If you need any ocean optimism hope, it’s the thing with feathers.

Community production modulates coral reef pH and the sensitivity of ecosystem calcification to ocean acidification

Coral reefs are built of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) produced biogenically by a diversity of calcifying plants, animals and microbes. As the ocean warms and acidifies, there is mounting concern that declining calcification rates could shift coral reef CaCO3 budgets from net accretion to net dissolution. We quantified net ecosystem calcification (NEC) and production (NEP) on […]

A key marine diazotroph in a changing ocean: the interacting effects of temperature, CO2 and light on the growth of Trichodesmium erythraeum IMS101

Trichodesmium is a globally important marine diazotroph that accounts for approximately 60 ? 80% of marine biological N2 fixation and as such plays a key role in marine N and C cycles. We undertook a comprehensive assessment of how the growth rate of Trichodesmium erythraeum IMS101 was directly affected by the combined interactions of temperature, […]

Ocean acidification and calcium carbonate saturation states in the coastal zone of the West Antarctic Peninsula

The polar oceans are particularly vulnerable to ocean acidification; the lowering of seawater pH and carbonate mineral saturation states due to uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). High spatial variability in surface water pHShow More Summary

“If it fits, I sits"—sea otter edition! Our...

“If it fits, I sits"—sea otter edition! Our resident otters regularly enjoy splashing around with the enticing enrichments our aquarists devise for them. The ever-changing landscape of toys to play with and puzzles to solve helps keep our mischievous mustelids active and healthy.

Why protect the ocean? Because it supports all life on...

Why protect the ocean? Because it supports all life on Earth—in some cases, literally! More than 50% of the world’s oxygen comes from the ocean. Here’s how we’re working to protect Earth’s big blue life support system. Photo by J.r. Sosky

Nannoplankton malformation during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum and its paleoecological and paleoceanographic significance

The Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) is characterized by a transient group of nannoplankton, belonging to the genus Discoaster. Our investigation of expanded shelf sections provides unprecedented detail of the morphology and phylogeny of the transient Discoaster during the PETM and their relationship with environmental change. Show More Summary

Seeing red: Coral larvae are attracted to healthy?looking reefs

Settlement cues play an essential role in larval habitat selection and influence post-settlement survival. Recent studies have investigated the impacts of elevated temperature and partial pressure of carbon dioxide ( pCO2) on the ability of marine larvae to locate the reef. In coral larvae, there has been a focus on chemical settlement cues, which are […]

Functional analysis of a tyrosinase gene involved in early larval shell biogenesis in Crassostrea angulata and its response to ocean acidification

The formation of the primary shell is a vital process in marine bivalves. Ocean acidification largely influences shell formation. It has been reported that enzymes involved in phenol oxidation, such as tyrosinase and phenoloxidases, participate in the formation of the periostracum. In the present study, we cloned a tyrosinase gene from Crassostrea angulata named Ca-tyrA1, […]

noaasanctuaries: Keep that chin up!  California sea lions are...

noaasanctuaries: Keep that chin up!  California sea lions are found in many West Coast national marine sanctuaries, including Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, where this one was photographed. These sea lions spend several days at a time at sea, diving almost continuously and only resting briefly at the surface. Show More Summary

Happy birthday to longtime Aquarium member Betty White, who...

Happy birthday to longtime Aquarium member Betty White, who has supported our work in so many ways for over 30 years! Thank you for being a dedicated and influential voice for the ocean and marine life.

New edition of the “OA-ICC Highlights”, October – December 2016

The new edition of the “OA-ICC Highlights” summarizes the the project’s main activities and achievements over the period October – December 2016. The information is structured around the OA-ICC three major areas of work: science, capacity building and communication. Links to the project’s main resources and an explanatory video on their use are also provided. […]

Ocean acidification may curb numbers of Dungeness crab

A study that was published last week estimates the population could be down 30 percent by 2063. SEATTLE — Dungeness crab are forecast to take a hit from ocean acidification driven by fossil-fuel combustion, according to a new study. Though the populations of the Dungeness crab fluctuate year by year, their overall abundance by 2063 […]

“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,...

“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King Jr.  Photo by Joe Platko

montereybayaquarium: Mangrove roots provide a perfect playground...

montereybayaquarium: Mangrove roots provide a perfect playground for developing fishes, like these adorable young round rays! (GIFs don’t do the cute justice—watch the video to enjoy the true power of this bouncy ballet of mini sea flap flaps! We’ve had it on repeat all afternoon.) Reblogging because it’s Monday and who couldn’t use some baby round rays?

Impact of predicted climate change scenarios on a coral reef meiofauna community

Changes in marine communities in response to elevated CO2 have been reported but information on how representatives of the benthic lower trophic levels will be impacted remains scarce. A laboratory experiment was conducted to evaluate the impact of different climate change scenarios on a coral reef meiofauna community. Samples of the meiofauna community were collected […]

The early life stages of an estuarine fish, the red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus), are tolerant to high pCO2

Ocean acidification (OA) and other climate change induced environmental alterations are resulting in unprecedented rates of environmental deterioration. This environmental change is generally thought to be too fast for adaptation using...Show More Summary

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