Introducing the striped pyjama squid! These shy cephalopods have never been displayed in the United States before. To make it happen, our aquarists figured out how to rear these ready-for-bedtime-squid from eggs to hatchlings and finally to adults able to lay viable eggs. Pyjama squid can grow to about two inches long, and are found in waters around Australia. You can spot the striped pyjama squid for yourself in our Tentacles special exhibition!
Welcome African penguin Elizabeth to our exhibit! Named after Port Elizabeth in South Africa, she's seven years old and came to us from the Knoxville Zoo. You can easily spot Elizabeth in the colony because of the orange wing band she's still sporting from Knoxville, which will soon be switched to our official black-with-white wing band. Elizabeth's arrival is part of a long-running effort by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to save these animals from extinction.
Rainy winter days call for a visit with umbrella jellies! These diminutive hydromedusa (Eutonima indicans) have up to 200 tiny tentacles. Their small size and transparent body make them nearly invisible in the ocean. You can see a small swarm of umbrella jellies on exhibit in our Tiny Drifters gallery in the Open Sea wing.
Meet our new tiny drifters! These two species of deep-water hydrozoans, Leuvkartiara sp. and Earleria purpurea, are now on display in our Tiny Drifters gallery in the Open Sea wing. We're the only aquarium in the world culturing and exhibiting them, both of which are native to the Monterey Bay.
New baby tufted puffin alert! Stewart (left) and Stella (right) are both about five months old and were hatched at Oregon Coast Aquarium. While this colorful species has earned the nickname "the parrots of the sea," these new birds stand out because of their more muted juvenile coats. See them in our seabirds gallery in the Open Sea exhibit!
We just added a juvenile giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas) to a gallery in the Kelp Forest exhibit! At about five months old and barely four inches long, this youngster sports a polka-dot pattern particular to baby giant sea bass. And it will be spotted for a while yet: all four of our giant sea bass—even our 230-pounder—are still wearing their juvenile pattern.
This jelly looks like it's from outer space—but you can see it in our Open Sea gallery! The lovely lobed comb jelly has a translucent body covered with eight rows of cilia that look like rainbows when exposed to light. As the jelly glides through the water, it collects zooplankton in its mucous-covered lobes.