What's it like to explore the depths of the deep sea? Find out in our new Mission to the Deep exhibit! A 360-degree video projection immerses you in a virtual underwater world, where you'll see astonishing animals and learn about the cool science of our partner institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).
Who prowls the coral colonies? That would be the Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus), an animal that's built to blend in. This camouflage artist flashes through skin textures and shades of blue, green, red and brown—allowing it to sneak up and envelop prey in a gauzy web of arms. See it now in Tentacles!
See blubber jellies abound! As these jellies bob through the water, their bulbous bells pulse with a distinctive, steady rhythm. Eight clublike oral arms that each contain several mouths transport food to the jelly's stomach. From burgundy to dark purple to light blue, these jellies come in a range of colors—you can see them all in The Jellies Experience!
Coral reef combat! In an epic battle between mantis shrimp and disco clam, who wins? The peacock mantis shrimp is well known as a tiny but deadly predator—with claws that pack a punch like a .22-caliber bullet—lurking in coral reef crevices. But the disco clam dishes out more than just a flashy light show. When provoked, the clam shoots out an acidic mucus that repels the shrimp. Both live side by side—but apart—in our Splash Zone exhibit!
No yolk! We recently added the egg-yolk jelly (Phacellophora camtschatica) to our Open Sea galleries. This jelly, colored yolk-yellow in the center of its bell, serves as food for many hungry animals, including sea turtles, fishes and birds. It finds its own meal by using its mass of tentacles like an underwater spider web, capturing other jellies that swim into them with a mild sting.
So much style! A perpetual color machine, the flamboyant cuttlefish continually flashes an array of vibrant yellow, maroon, brown, white and red hues along its body. We're one of only a few aquariums that have ever displayed this striking species, and you can see it now in Tentacles!
Everything about these crabs says: stay away! Spiny king crabs are well-equipped for warding off predators with sharp spikes protruding from their bodies. Fortunately, you can get up close and personal without being perforated—we just added three to the Sandy Seafloor gallery in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit. Check them out!