Meet the sandbar shark! This elegant elasmobranch, easily recognized by its distinctly large dorsal fin, can often be found scouting sandy or muddy near-coastal areas for fish and invertebrates to snack on. The Aquarium's resident sandbar shark in our vast Open Sea exhibit made a surprising journey to us here at the Aquarium—via airplane from Hawaii!
See our wondrous wunderpus! With a scientific name like Wunderpus photogenicus, this animal is certainly a sight to behold. In a flash, this octopus can alter its color, shape and movements to impersonate venomous species and scare off predators. This stunning cephalopod has returned to our Tentacles special exhibition!
Meet our newest penguin, Amigo! This three-and-a-half-month-old penguin chick hatched at the Aquarium on January 19, weighing a mere 2.5 ounces (70 g). Raised mostly behind the scenes, he's now almost 7 pounds (3 kg) and making his debut in our African penguin colony! Like all our penguins, Amigo is part of the AZA Species Survival Plan for endangered African penguins.Learn more on our blog
Here in California we have one lone, proud species of seahorse—the Pacific seahorse! These colorful fish (yes, they're fish!) range from San Diego down to Peru, although warming waters have increased sightings up along the coast of California. You can have your own Pacific seahorse sighting when you visit our new special exhibition, ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge.
Our male bufflehead duck is all grown up and looking regal! That wasn't always the case—when he first showed up on the scene from Zoo New England, he was young and immature, and our refined female bufflehead wouldn't give him the time of day. It wasn't until he grew up and stepped into his big-boy feathers that she let him share the same nest! You can see them both in our Aviary exhibit.
Small but vivid! Red octopus are a frequent sight in the waters of Monterey Bay. Tidepoolers come upon them in the intertidal zone just off the beach. And our friends at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) find them while exploring the deep sea. You can spot one of these cephalopods for yourself on the second floor of our Kelp Forest exhibit!
An animal fit for Leap Day! The leaping blenny is a fun fish. It uses camouflage to hide from predators. It flashes its red dorsal fin to communicate with fellow blennies. It eats algae. And it lives on land and can leap through the air! That's right, the leaping blenny is a terrestrial fish. Visit our Splash Zone to see this fish in action!