Did you know that the giant clam is the largest clam in the world? The giant clam (Tridacna gigas) can weigh as much as 440 pounds, grow up to four feet, and live to 100 years or more. Ours was put on display in 2007, when it was a mere eight inches. Now it's grown to 2.5 feet!
Did you know that green sea turtles are a bit of an enigma? They travel far and wide, riding currents across the open ocean. Females return to the same beach each year, using magnetic clues as a map back home. They live to be a remarkable 80 years old, and the two in our Open Sea exhibit are at least age 50!
Have you seen them? With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our Aquarium decks. Awkward on land, they're sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal. They can even sleep with their bodies nearly submerged in water, exposing only the tips of their noses to the air!
What a show! It's turning out to be another fantastic year for whale watching in Monterey Bay. Some boats are seeing 70 whales spread over several miles. Massive schools of anchovies are providing a feeding frenzy for hundreds of dolphins, seals, birds and humpbacks. Just one of these gentle giants can consume up to 3,000 pounds per day!
Did you know that the guitarfish has been playing it flat for 100 million years? We now have three making beautiful music together in our Aviary. It gets its name from a long, pointed snout and guitar-shaped body. It lies in ambush with its eyes sticking out of the sand, waiting for careless crabs to wander by.