Nautilus egg-stravaganza! One of our chambered nautilus laid an egg on exhibit in Tentacles! It marks the 10th egg from this group of cephalopods since the special exhibition opened in March 2014. Nautilus eggs are about one inch long and resemble small white blobs of chewing gum. They also have a lengthy incubation time—one egg can take anywhere from 10 to 14 months to hatch.
Whale, hello there! Humpback whales are feeding close to shore lately, making life on Monterey Bay even more exciting than usual! Staffer Dan Albro captured this stupendous shot while kayaking. The graceful giants use air bubbles to herd and corral schools of fish and krill, swimming through with their mouths open to filter-feed. A single whale can consume up to 3,000 pounds per day!
A face only a mother could love! The wolf-eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus) is a memorable animal—it's actually a very long, slender fish. It can grow to about eight feet long and weigh over 80 pounds. Once it finds the perfect home, it'll stay there for life—about 25 years—if it isn't booted out by an octopus. Look for the wolf-eel during feeding time in our Kelp Forest exhibit!
Stay cool! In a flurry of snowy white, our new ice jellies (Rhopilema asamushi) are something to behold. This is the first time we've exhibited these beauties, which we acquired from colleagues in China who cultured them in the ocean (mariculture). We know very little about this species except that they're edible, found in the Sea of Japan, and in Japan are referred to as the "sand color" jelly or "blue dumpling" jelly. See them in The Jellies Experience before it closes September 7!
Gulp! Did you know moray eels have to constantly open and close their mouths to breathe? During the day, moray eels sit in crevices with only their heads showing. At night they prowl across the reef looking for octopuses and small fishes. You can see them in action in our Splash Zone exhibit!