Happy 10th Aquarium anniversary, Makana! Makana—named after the Hawaiian word for "gift"—is the only Laysan albatross at an accredited zoo or aquarium in the United States. She can't fly or survive on her own because of a permanent wing injury. Makana has been with us since 2006 and is a great ambassador for her kin in the wild and the deadly threats they face from ocean plastic pollution and longline fishing gear. To see Makana for yourself, visit the Kelp Forest at 1:30 p.m. for our Albatross Encounter!
What a stunner! Our aquarists work hard at raising purple-striped jellies (Chrysaora colorata) behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae larvae to elegant adults. Large and striking, these adult jellies are silvery white with deep-purple bands. But not all sea life is sensitive to their sting—mola molas have been seen eating these jellies in Monterey Bay. You can find them here in our Open Sea galleries.
Fly far, far away! Sooty shearwaters are currently refueling in Monterey Bay before continuing on to the Southern Hemisphere to breed. They have the longest migration of any vertebrate on the planet, traveling 40,000 miles round trip every year! You may catch huge flocks of these birds gliding in at sunset, or see a large gathering on your next whale watching trip!
Crazy for cephalopods? Meet the newest critter in our Tentacles special exhibition: the broadclub cuttlefish (Sepia latimanus)! This second-largest member of the cuttlefish family gets its name from its two club-like tentacles, which it uses to strike and grab prey. A master color-changer, this cunning predator hypnotizes prey with flashing, brightly colored bands that ripple along its skin.
How enchanting! The lion's mane nudibranch, Melibe leonina, is back on exhibit in our Kelp Forest gallery. Swaying on kelp blades, it catches passing plankton in its large hood and lays tulip-shaped egg masses throughout the forest, ready to hatch out the next generation of these extraordinary—and watermelon-scented (!)—super slugs.
How egg-citing! A mother-to-be swell shark in our Kelp Forest exhibit recently deposited her egg cases right in front of the window! The egg cases, also known as "mermaids' purses," have wiry tendrils at the corners that anchor them to rocks and seaweed. In nine to 12 months, baby sharks will hatch—making the world a little more swell.
Say hello to Selka! Hold on to your hearts, sea otter fans; Selka, our new resident sea otter, has arrived! Clever, with an easy-going and inquisitive nature, Selka is our youngest otter and also has the darkest fur of any of the otters on exhibit. She may go on and off exhibit as she settles into her new home.