Explore Our History
As of 2004, these four common murres birds are still alive and well on exhibit.
February 1986Four common murres are placed in the Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit after being rescued from an oil tanker spill off the central California coast. The oil kills 9,000 seabirds, including 6,000 common murres. Less than half of the thousands of rescued and cleaned birds survive. We keep the four murres because they are more likely to survive with our care than on their own in the wild.