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May 3, 2017

These jellies lend their luminescence to laboratories. Crystal jellies give off a green-blue glow as they drift along the west coast of North America. Their bioluminescence comes from a special protein called aequorin that scientists have used to find and study genes, and even to create special mice that glow green. You can see their glimmer for yourself in our Drifters Gallery in the Open Sea exhibit.

April 28, 2017

It's all in the chin. The California sheephead uses its powerful jaws and large, protruding canine teeth to pry hard-shelled animals—like sea urchins—from rocks. By pruning predators from the kelp forest, this white-chinned fish contributes to the health of California's underwater gardens. Watch it work in our Kelp Forest exhibit!

April 26, 2017

My, what a big mouth you have! Male sarcastic fringeheads (Neoclinus blanchardi) defend their territory and size one another up by opening their massive jaws. Though usually less than a foot long, these pugnacious fish make up for their small size in big attitude. Check them out in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit.

April 13, 2017

Behold the psychedelic cephalopod! Scientists suspect the ever-shifting colors of the flamboyant cuttlefish help trick potential predators into thinking this creature is just too weird to eat. Most other cuttlefish dart away when threatened, but this regal rhino remains stationary, warding off foes by flashing its hypnotic color scheme. See its dazzling display for yourself in our Tentacles special exhibition. 

April 12, 2017

Whoa, baby! One of our baby giant sea bass has just graduated to a bigger exhibit. This fish started out just under an inch long but now stretches more than a foot—well on its way to the gargantuan proportions of a fully grown 500-pound adult. Check it out in its new home on the second floor of our Kelp Forest exhibit.

March 30, 2017

Can you spot the common cuttlefish? At just eight months old, this cephalopod is still a little shy. It camouflages itself in the sand and changes color to match its surroundings. It'll get bolder as it gets older, but for now, you can enjoy the challenge of finding all 10 of our new common cuttlefish in the Tentacles special exhibition.

March 27, 2017

Welcome back, love birds! After six months solo at sea, the pigeon guillemots have returned to the bay for breeding season. Listen for them on our back decks—they're calling out to find their former mates with loud chirps.

March 10, 2017

Meet our newest odd couple! For the first time ever, we have black sea nettles on display with purple-striped jellies in the Open Sea. These two species' ranges overlap in the wild, making them able to peacefully co-exist as roommates on exhibit. Their contrasting appearances make quite the striking combination—a visual you won't want to miss!

March 1, 2017

Our shorebirds have long legs and long lives. Several shorebirds in our Aviary have lived three times longer than the typical life expectancy of their wild counterparts! They do so well in part because our dedicated aviculture staff take special care of their legs and feet, which are typically trouble areas for exhibit birds.