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May 19, 2015

Eight arms, hundreds of disguises. The mimic octopus shifts shape and color to imitate more intimidating animals, fanning arms out like a lethal lionfish or slithering like a sea snake. You can meet this mimicry master in our Tentacles special exhibition!

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May 16, 2015

Welcome to two new penguin chicks! We're proud to announce that two African blackfooted penguin chicks recently hatched at the Aquarium! Chick One hatched on May 7 to parents Karoo and Messina. Chick Two hatched the following day, May 8, to Bee and Geyser, but is in a nest with experienced surrogate parents Boulders and Walvis. Both are in our Splash Zone exhibit!

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May 7, 2015

Having a bad hair day? Wear it proudly like our African blackfooted penguin chick, Maq! She's molting into her adult plumage and in few days she'll look like a whole new bird! Maq, short for Monterey Bay Aquarium, was hatched August 13, 2013, on exhibit to parents Bee and Geyser.

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May 6, 2015

New cephalopods on the scene! We just added pharaoh cuttlefish to our Tentacles special exhibition. These master color changers flip through shades of metallic blue, green, gold, silver—and patterns of spots and stripes.

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April 30, 2015

Dart and dodge! Baby Banggai cardinalfish are built to blend in with long-spined urchins inching along brightly colored coral reefs. Raised behind the scenes by our aquarists, these little fish are now on exhibit in the Splash Zone.

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April 21, 2015

Not your average jelly! The flower hat jelly (Olindias formosus) is nocturnal, pulsing in the water column to feed at night and attaching itself to the seafloor during the day. And watch out for those trailing, curly tentacles—they can quickly unfurl and grab prey! See these unique jellies now in The Jellies Experience.

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April 15, 2015

Jump for joy! We've been seeing humpback whales off our ocean-view decks. These mega-mammals are on the hunt for schools of fish and krill, which they round up by blowing bubbles! The ring of bubbles forms a "bubble net," which keeps their prey from escaping. When they reach the surface, the whales swim through the mass, mouths wide open.

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