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April 4, 2014

Coming in like a lion(fish)! March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb as stormy winter weather gives way to a milder spring. Now April is coming in like a lion, too—with the latest addition to our Splash Zone galleries. The new arrival—the captivating and beautiful lionfish—isn’t just another pretty face. It’s an infamous fish that carries an important conservation message. 

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March 24, 2014

Notice a new otter on exhibit? Welcome back Abby! She joins Gidget and pup 649, both currently in the sea otter exhibit. Abby was rescued as a newborn in July 2007 by the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Rescue Center. She was transferred to the Aquarium in June 2012 to join our exhibit.

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March 22, 2014

Art? Ocean animals? Or both? Check out these amazing photos of our South American sea nettles, from staff photographer Randy Wilder. We grew them behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae (babies), and are the first aquarium ever to display them! 

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March 5, 2014

How does a big skate grow? Take a look! Our clever aquarists have surgically inserted a window into this big skate egg case, where you can see a live, viable embryo. These skates can grow to eight feet!

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(photo credit: Charlene Boarts)

Groove Through Our Splash Zone Tunnel to See the "Disco" Scallop 

Not only does the "electric flame" or "disco" scallop have cool names, it's also quite striking! This clam generates light by unfurling its reflective mantle. Scientists believe this is to lure prey, or perhaps serve as a warning to predators.

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