Blog Profile / Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Archived Since:July 23, 2010

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Climate change ruffles birds’ feathers

Changing weather patterns could affect some of the shorebird species you see in our Aviary–here’s how.

This Thanksgiving, meet the turkey of the sea!

On Thanksgiving Day, you may relate to the appropriately-named turkeyfish, a voracious predator that eats just about anything that fits in its mouth. Unlike you (hopefully!), the turkeyfish packs serious venom in its 18 spines, which requires our husbandry teams to take extra precautions around them. Show More Summary

Some sea creatures are cute. Some are beautiful. Some are kind...

Some sea creatures are cute. Some are beautiful. Some are kind of weird. Without the ocean, we wouldn’t have any of them! Thanks, Ocean!

It’s a fine day for a shark-tagging trip! Our white shark...

It’s a fine day for a shark-tagging trip! Our white shark research team studies the habits and population size of this threatened species. Help us protect the future of the ocean—we promise you don’t have to put the tracker on the shark! 

Take a deep breath. Now another. One of those two lungfuls of...

Take a deep breath. Now another. One of those two lungfuls of air was provided by phytoplankton, which produce at least 50% of Earth’s oxygen. This Thanksgiving we’re giving props to the ocean for everything it gives us. Thanks, Oce...

How do you feel about ice baths?

Our sea otters love them! This Marine Mammal Monday, learn what it’s like to have the densest fur in the animal kingdom. 

Today’s Seaweed Sunday takes us to the surf-splashed rocks of...

Today’s Seaweed Sunday takes us to the surf-splashed rocks of the high intertidal zone. Critters here have to hold on tight and ride out the waves, but this black urban snail looks pretty cozy nestled in a bed of Mazzaella flaccida and Mazzaella affinis.

Cephalopod celebration!

Cephalopod celebration!: Cuttlefish romantic drama? Octopuses hunting prey? Tune in to our cephalopodcast for behind-the- scenes tales from the Tentacles exhibition!

A changing future for gray whales

A changing future for gray whales: It’s almost gray whale season in Monterey Bay! These animals have one of the longest migrations of any mammal, timed by the ebb and flow of sea ice. Learn how a changing ocean is affecting these beloved seasonal visitors.

We’re joining fins with over 30,000...

We’re joining fins with over 30,000 organizations for Giving Tuesday on December 1. Celebrated with acts of generosity, this day is an opportunity to give back to he world during the holiday season. And may we remind you that the world is more than 70% ocean? Just sayin’.

The lovely lobed comb jelly has a translucent body covered with...

The lovely lobed comb jelly has a translucent body covered with eight rows of cilia that look like rainbows when exposed to light. As the jelly glides through the water, it collects zooplankton in its mucous-covered lobes. Can you spot the pink spots of food collected in the gut of this comb jelly?

Alert: new puffball in our aviary!

Dainty plover plucks up pint-sized nom. Who’s the new puffball in our aviary? This rescued snowy plover has an eye injury that’ll make it hard for her to survive in the wild, so we’re giving her a safe home. She’ll help foster rescued chicks as part of our snowy plover rehabilitation program. Show More Summary

Give the gift of an ocean adventure!

Give someone you love an experience they’ll never forget! Our gift cards can be used for general admission, membership, tours, Aquarium stores and dining.

Pteropods are cool, important, and in trouble.

Whaddya mean you haven’t heard about pteropods? Some marine biologists call them “the potato chips of the sea” because many other animals like to munch on them. Learn more about these sea snails with wings (YES) and how ocean acidification threatens this important strand of our local food web. Show More Summary

Feeling sleepy on #MarineMammalMonday?

Perhaps you’d like to rade places with this happily snoozing harbor seal! During stormy swells like the ones Monterey Bay experienced this weekend, seals may seek shelter on the shore and nap out the squall. Thank you to staffer Emily Simpson for the photo!

Our loggerhead hits the high seas!

Last week the loggerhead yearling we released off the coast of North Carolina surfaced, allowing its satellite tracker to ping out its location. Since we released the youngster 27 days ago, this little turtle’s travelled 1,309 miles (2106 km) and is now off he coast of Canada in international waters. Show More Summary

A fantastical #SeaweedSunday!

Seeing mermaids? The bull kelp’s scientific name—Nereocystis luetkeana—was inspired by the Nereids, sea nymphs of Greek mythology. The top of the kelp looks like a head with the blades forming long, flowing hair. Spot these stunners for yourself in our Kelp Forest exhibit.

You can breathe easier knowing this Fact Of The Day.

As diners on dead and decaying matter, sea cucumbers are an integral part of the ocean’s recycling system. Like us, they have mouths, and they have butts—but they don’t breathe through their mouths… Anyway, you can find out more about these incredible animals with the volunteers guides at our Touch Pools!

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