Have you seen them? With mom close by, harbor seal pups lounge on rocks near our Aquarium decks. Awkward on land, they're sleek and agile in the water as they speed after their next meal. They can even sleep with their bodies nearly submerged in water, exposing only the tips of their noses to the air!
What a show! It's turning out to be another fantastic year for whale watching in Monterey Bay. Some boats are seeing 70 whales spread over several miles. Massive schools of anchovies are providing a feeding frenzy for hundreds of dolphins, seals, birds and humpbacks. Just one of these gentle giants can consume up to 3,000 pounds per day!
Did you know that the guitarfish has been playing it flat for 100 million years? We now have three making beautiful music together in our Aviary. It gets its name from a long, pointed snout and guitar-shaped body. It lies in ambush with its eyes sticking out of the sand, waiting for careless crabs to wander by.
Ever wish you could become someone else? The mimic octopus can. In less time than it takes to say "alter ego," this curious cephalopod can become a venomous lion fish, a sea snake or a jelly. We recently added one to our Tentacles special exhibition—we hope you get to see this shape-shifter yourself!
Home is where the shell is! The veined or "coconut" octopus will pick up virtually anything at its disposal, such as cans, bottles, shells and even coconuts, to make a home on the road. Our curator of husbandry operations, Paul Clarkson, collected this curious cephalopod on a recent trip to the Philippines, and it's now playing house in Tentacles.