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noaasanctuaries: Dive into an undersea rainbow in Fagatele Bay! This beautiful coral reef is located within National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa. Here in Fagatele Bay, you’ll find at least 271 species of fishes, 168 species of coral, and at least 1,400 species of algae and invertebrates – all in 0.25 square mile! (Photo: David J. Ruck/NOAA)
SEA OTTER PSA! In April, a White House executive order called for a review of national marine sanctuaries and monuments for oil and gas development. This is otterly worrisome, because oil spills are a fundamental threat to California’s sea otter population. Show More Summary
Whale look at that, you made it to Humpback Day! Humpback whales are named for the shape of their dorsal fins and the way they arch their backs at the start of a dive. These majestic cetaceans grace the waters of Monterey Bay year round but we see more during the summer, when humpbacks migrate here from Costa Rica to join in the annual feeding frenzy. ????
Summertime means squadrons of pelicans soaring through the sky. While you can spot these sociable seabirds year-round in Monterey Bay, the majority arrive in the summer and stay through early fall.
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What a lovely basket star! These echinoderms are in the genus Gorgonocephalus, which means “dreaded head” in Greek, a reference to how this sea star’s tangled arms echo a Gorgon’s coiffure of slithering, venomous snakes.
The solution to helping keep plastic out of sea turtle’s tummies—and the ocean—is in our hands. Find out how you can help at www.ourhands.org
Leatherback turtles have been spotted in the bay recently and talk about turtle power! The leatherbacks you see in Monterey Bay swim nearly 7,000 miles to get here, paddling across the Pacific to feast on jelly blooms. These largest of the sea turtles can grow over 6.5 feet long and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Turtley awesome photo by Justin Hofman (IG: @justinhofman)
dailyotter: Sea Otter Can’t Believe This Cake Is Just for Her Via Seattle Aquarium, whose staff made this fish-and-ice cake to celebrate Mishka’s third birthday!
Risso’s dolphins have been a near-daily staple along Cannery Row for a few weeks now. These squid enthusiasts are apparently enjoying Monterey Bay’s calamari specials!
Sunrise over Monterey Bay—a golden opportunity to see some magic! Our backyard is overflowing with its summer-time visitors, from the whale-y big to the turtley awesome—stay tuned this week for reports from our on-going Monterey Bay-watch!
A buoyant Seaweed Sunday to all! Giant kelp can grow up to 175 feet tall, held aloft in the often-turbulent water by these gas-filled bladders, known as pneumatocysts.
noaasanctuaries: How do you find a shipwreck in a 23,000-square-mile lake? For researchers, it can be like finding a needle in a haystack. This spring, researchers in Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary undertook the second phase of a research expedition to find lost shipwrecks within sanctuary waters in Lake Huron. Show More Summary
seafoodwatch: Three chefs from our Blue Ribbon Task Force traveled to Washington D.C. in June to talk to Congress about the importance of sustainable U.S. seafood to the restaurant industry. The Chefs on the Ground Susan Feniger (Border...Show More Summary
neaq: Myrtle the green sea turtle is a big fan of leafy greens. She has her own farm share. ????????
Sea otters need their sleep! That’s why we teamed up with partners to install signage and fencing at a local favorite sea otter napping spot. The result: Sea otters can rest undisturbed and sea otter fans can safely view them in their natural habitat. Show More Summary
noaasanctuaries: Whale hello there! This lovely humpback whale is Nile, a frequent visitor to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. She’s been coming to the feeding grounds in and around the sanctuary every year since 1987. Her Nile’s friendly, curious personality makes her one of the favorites among whale watchers. (Photo: Richard Dolan)
Eureka! Lightbulb tunicates backlight a petite opalescent nudibranch’s bright ideas, an illuminating find in the dark understory of the Aquarium’s house reef. We hope you enjoyed Nudibranch Week!
montereybayaquarium: Ready, steady, tag! How our researchers and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are teaming up to solve the mystery of what white sharks do in their most mysterious habitat—the White Shark Cafe: Reblogging for Shark Awareness Day!