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A very happy 25th birthday to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary! Here’s to a quarter century of animals and habitats protected, invaluable research to grow our understanding of the sea, and countless ocean-lovers enjoying this beautiful blue park that we’re lucky to call home. ?????
end0skeletal: by Lou Lu
There’s one more snowy plover chirping on the beaches of California—our last rescued plover chick of the season was just released back into the wild!
Slick surfgrass makes for mermaid hair at low tide: the preferred coiffure of the Phyllospadix-ie Chicks.
oceanportal: This shark might be called a dogfish, but the fuzzy-looking stuff on its body isn’t fur. Instead, it earned the moniker “prickly” for its highly textured, bristly skin. It also has a distinctive body shape, being especially tall from belly to back and sporting not one but two large dorsal fins. Show More Summary
When you switch from plastic to a reusable water bottle, you’ve made yourself an adventure buddy. Scratches, bumps and stickers become memories of your plastic-free journey. Anyone have a water bottle they’d like to introduce? Find out how your hydration companion is helping the ocean’s inhabitants at www.ourhands.org.
That feeling when you’re trying to decide which spot on a sunny log to take a nap on. Decisions, decisions. ????????
Aaaand now we’re ready for the weekend!
Just like this one-spot fringehead, you too can make sure the coast is clear: tomorrow is International Coastal Cleanup Day! Find a cleanup near you!
maureen2musings: Spouting rainbows! Made some new friends Eric Rubens
npr: Snot otter. Lasagna lizard. Pick your favorite nickname for the Eastern hellbender salamander. They’re the color of mud, and they can grow up to 2 feet long. People call them snot otters because they’re covered in a layer of slippery mucus. Show More Summary
noaasanctuaries: What do you call a group of sharks? A shiver! Here, a shiver of leopard sharks swims in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Leopard sharks live in shallow waters of bays and estuaries and spend much of their time near the sea floor, feeding on animals like crabs, clams, and small fish. (Photo: Adam Obaza/NOAA)
Throwback to this time last year, when pelagic red crabs were blooping their way through Monterey Bay on the back of El Niño leftovers.
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yphlonectes: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI): This deep-sea octopus, Graneledone boreopacifica, slowly walked by a black coral on Davidson Seamount, 2200 meters below the sea surface in front of ROV Tiburon. MBARI’sShow More Summary
Young lion’s mane jellies are now on exhibit! These little Simbas were grown here at the Aquarium, while adult Mufasas roam the North Pacific. Fully grown, lion’s mane jellies are the biggest in the world: they can be over six feet across and 100 feet long! Welcome ???????? (????+????)-ies!
Spotted off the back deck! ???? A humpback whale cruises past while a Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute vessel checks on a research buoy. ????????
neaq: In Our Hands Who needs a straw in their water? Not Myrtle the sea turtle–and not you either. Americans use 500 million straws every day, and many end up in our oceans, lakes and rivers. Use reusable bottles for your water and coffee! Skip the Straw for a Strawless September. Make the pledge at ourhands.org.
How do you tag a jellyfish?: Journey out to sea with our jelly researchers and see how they and their partners around the world figured out how to tag and track these elusive gelatinous ocean creatures!
How was your Tuesday? Ours too. Here’s a pufferfish.