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!
All eyes on the two-spot octopus! Glowing eyespots may trick predators and prey alike into thinking that the blue-eyed beauty marks are its actual eyes. Disguise is essential since this animal spends most of its time hiding or searching for food on the seafloor. You can see the two-spot octopus now in our Tentacles special exhibition.
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!
The ocean's jet-propelled diver! A chambered nautilus swims using jet propulsion—it expels water from its mantle cavity through a siphon located near its head. By adjusting the direction of the siphon, it can swim forward, backward or sideways. To avoid predators by day, it lingers along deep reef slopes as deep as 2,000 feet. At night, it migrates to shallower waters and cruises the reefs, trailing its tentacles in search of food. Visit Tentacles to see this cool animal for yourself!
Humpback whales have arrived in Monterey Bay! We've got the best seats in the house—these graceful giants have been breaching, spouting and feeding just off our decks! These massive mammals use air bubbles to herd and corral schools of fish and krill, swimming through with their mouths open. A single whale can consume up to 3,000 pounds per day!
Look into the life of a big skate! While most sharks give birth to live young, the big skate lays eggs, depositing them into a sac that's sometimes called a "mermaid's purse." Our clever aquarists have gently replaced a portion of one wall with a window, so you can see two live, viable embryos inside the egg case. Head to our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit to take a peek at these developing baby skates!