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yesterday at 19:35. Facebook
Dive into the relaxing rhythm of our Kelp Forest exhibit. Giant kelp often thrives in turbulent water thanks to a steady supply of nutrients that help this mighty seaweed grow grow grow! See how we replicate the motion of the ocean in our exhibit: [ Link ]
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02/23/2017 at 22:22. Facebook
Advantages of incubating cuttlefish eggs in these staff-made bubblers? 1) It keeps the eggs aerated and healthy. 2) It frees up mother cuttlefish’s time to lay more eggs. 3) DIY win!

Learn how our cephalopod aquarists created these bubblers to raise cuttlefish behind the scenes: [ Link ]
Monterey Bay Aquarium
02/23/2017 at 18:10. Facebook
The secret to our kelp forest exhibit is in the engineering. Designed by Randy Hamilton and welded by David Packard, our plunger recreates the motion of the ocean necessary for giant kelp to grow.
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02/22/2017 at 23:08. Facebook
A thought related to today's exciting announcement by NASA: The search for water in the cosmos, with its tantalizing promise of extraterrestrial life, reminds us that we are Earthlings because of our ocean.
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02/22/2017 at 18:04. Facebook
BREAKING CUTTLEFISH NEWS: Flamboyant cuttlefish hatchlings are now on exhibit! These petite cephalopods hatched on January 6th and are just as dazzling as their parents—only tiny!
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02/21/2017 at 22:30. Facebook
Need to release some pressure? So do these deep-sea rockfish! Curator of Collections Joe Welsh has engineered rockfish recompression chambers to slowly relieve deep-living fish of their surface tensions.
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02/21/2017 at 18:40. Facebook
Behold the strawberry squid and its remarkable mismatched eyes. Researchers from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) and Duke University teamed up to figure out what was up with that.
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02/20/2017 at 22:19. Facebook
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came. -John F. Kennedy
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02/20/2017 at 17:58. Facebook
Cormorant Caption Contest! What's this magnificent pelagic cormorant, air-braking to its landing, trying to tell the world?
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02/19/2017 at 18:37. Facebook
Our herbarium is a seaweed-powered time machine! See how our researchers are studying preserved seaweed—some specimens over a 100 years old—to understand how the ocean is changing. #SeaweedSunday

An ocean time machine
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02/18/2017 at 18:10. Facebook
GOOD NEWS ALERT! Sea otter 501 (also known as Luna, the star of our auditorium program) just weaned her 4th pup in the wild! Luna, seen here with a previous pup, was rescued by our Sea Otter Program in 2010. (: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve)
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02/18/2017 at 00:02. Facebook
You usually think of deep-sea sea cucumbers sitting on the seafloor, but our colleagues at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) spotted this one swimming (!) almost 1000 feet (300 meters) above the seafloor.
Leaping blennies are a lot of fun to watch. They flash their red dorsal fins to communicate with fellow blennies. They eat algae growing on wave-swept rocks. Oh, and THEY LIVE ON LAND AND CAN LEAP THROUGH THE AIR. You read that right—leaping blennies are terrestrial fish.
The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. -Isak Dinesen
Throwback to last year, when a bull orca attacked a gray whale right off our back deck! Most of the action took place underwater, but our Monterey Bay Cam caught some of the predator-prey spectacle. After sparring for about an hour, both whales left the scene unscathed, leaving visitors breathless. #TBT
Remember: No matter what happened on Valentine’s Day, there are still plenty of fish in the sea—thanks in large part to environmental protections and sustainable fishing practices!
Not everybody anemoneeds somebody. For Singles Awareness Day, our aggregating anemones are perfectly fine hanging out by themselves—literally. Through repeated cloning they create a carpet of companion copies, collectively focused on their career without distracting compromise.
New rule: On Valentine's Day, cuttlefish will be spelled cuddlefish.
Time to cuddle up with your significant otter. Happy Valentine's Day!
Want to help wild sea turtles? You can! Use our free Seafood Watch app to choose seafood that’s caught in ways that reduce harm to sea turtles.

Seafood Watch Mobile App from the Monterey Bay Aquarium