Blog Profile / Monterey Bay Aquarium

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Stopping to smell the Hopkins roses

Perhaps not literally—they smell rather salty and wet in the wild… Nudibranchs—sea slugs with exposed, “naked” gills—are renowned for their expansive and flashy wardrobes. And few are more ostentatious than the hot-pink Hopkins rose (Okenia rosacea). Show More Summary

Our murre chick is ready for prime time!

We’re just so proud! The young murre (Uria aalge) that hatched at the Aquarium on August 11th is now on display! Part of the species survival plan to help wild murres, he’s one of several murres to have hatched out at the Aquarium. After...Show More Summary

Join us for Fiesta del Mar on October 18!

Celebrate ocean conservation and Latin American cultural traditions at our 11th annual Fiesta del Mar event. The day will include live music, cultural dance, bilingual feeding shows, crafts for kids and more.

The yellow-edged cadlina (Cadlina luteomarginata) lends a touch...

The yellow-edged cadlina (Cadlina luteomarginata) lends a touch of neon to Pacific coast tidepools from Alaska to Mexico. Its favorite food? Tasty sponges!

Happy Seaweed Sunday! Today, a different kind of kelp crab...

The pelagic red crabs that swept into the Monterey Bay and onto Pacific Grove beaches on Wednesday were quite the sight to see. But for however many were found stranded on the beach, many millions more were enjoying a scenic drift through the local habitats. Show More Summary

Horn sharks aren’t like other sharks and that’s okay

Imagine a shark. What do you see? An apex predator A swift and graceful swimmer A creature of the open ocean Now, meet he horn shark: Horn shark, Heterodontus francisci Horn sharks have predators While these carnivorous critters dine on crustaceans, mollusks and invertebrates, they are by no means at the op of the food chain. Show More Summary

alicia-mb: Just one of those things that I always wondered...

alicia-mb: Just one of those things that I always wondered about. Stags and otters are all very well, but what if you end up with a tiny chameleon or giant blue whale? I mean, it could be a giant tub of nutella… Anyway, so glad I got...Show More Summary

Seems like El Niño’s feeling kinda crabby!

Pelagic red crabs (Pleuroncodes planipes)—also know as tuna crabs or langostilla—started washing up along Monterey Bay beaches yesterday! Typically found off of Mexico and southern California, these scarlet drifters are a favorite of...Show More Summary

Say hello to International Octopus Day!

Well hello indeed! Check your eight watches: it’s time for International Octopus Day!  To celebrate this 8th of Octo-ber, take a look at some of the amazing animals we’ve been lucky to work with, at the Aquarium and in the deep-sea of...Show More Summary

Ladies first: The manners of the California sheephead

A young lady sheephead on the move in Monterey. Like many fish in the wrasse family, California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) change genders as they age. All begin life as females and—depending on your perspective—tragically/luckily become males later in life. Show More Summary

The Future of Seafood:

The Future of Seafood:: Tune in to our latest podcast, to hear from chefs on the Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task.

The dainty but ferocious opalescent nudibranch

This lovely resident of our Discovery Labs recently laid eggs! (They’re the pink coils at left.) Opalescent nudibranchs come in a variety of colors, but all have orange and blue stripes as well as white and gold tipped cerrata (fingerlike projections) on their backs. Show More Summary

Our 2015 Paul Walker Award recipientsWe’re proud to announce the...

Our 2015 Paul Walker Award recipients We’re proud to announce the recipients of our 2015 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award and Youth Award – presented on Saturday, October 3 in ceremonies at the Aquarium. From left to right: representing...Show More Summary

Chef Nathan Lyon's recipe for tuna and white bean salad

Nathan teaching guests how to make ocean-friendly noms at our Cooking for Solutions Make it Sustainable weekend! October is National Seafood Month. To help you celebrate, here’s a tasty and sustainable recipe from our friend, chef Nathan Lyon!  Tuna and White Bean Salad (serves 4) For the vinaigrette 1 large clove garlic, peeled, minced (approx. Show More Summary

Reports of this frog’s decline have not been exaggerated

A frog whose call sounds like laughing. Listen here. If you’re ever tromping hrough the California wetlands and spy a pair of small reddish legs leaping away or hear a croak that sounds like a rapid chuckle, congratulations! You’ve just...Show More Summary

The high cost of being cute —  5 reasons life’s tough for sea otters

If there’s one thing you know about sea otters, it’s this: they’re criminally cute.  Or at least this amount of cute should be illegal. But it’s incredibly difficult to be this adorable—in fact, here are five major hurdles that sea otters have to deal with every single day. Show More Summary

Kelp camouflage can be colorful!

Many animals in the ocean can change colors to adapt to their surroundings. Specialized skin cells called chromatophores filled with pigments paint living pixels on their skin—like a marine LCD screen. The cephalopods—octopuses, squid, and cuttlefishes—may be the most adept, changing colors instantaneously for camouflage and communication. Show More Summary

Good grief! Support California’s museums with a Snoopy Plate!

65 years ago, Snoopy made his debut on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. Today, the beloved beagle is helping to raise money for California’s museums—hey, that’s us! Over 6,000 Snoopy license plates have already been sold; 1,500 shy of making these iconic plates—extra support for California’s great museums—a reality! So why wait? Become a Beagle Backer today! 

kqedscience: Why Jellyfish Float Like a Butterfly—And Sting...

kqedscience: Why Jellyfish Float Like a Butterfly—And Sting Like a Bee Jellyfish don’t have a heart, or blood, or even a brain. They’ve survived five mass extinctions. And you can find them in every ocean, from pole to pole. What’s their...Show More Summary

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