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April 15, 2015

Jump for joy! We've been seeing humpback whales off our ocean-view decks. These mega-mammals are on the hunt for schools of fish and krill, which they round up by blowing bubbles! The ring of bubbles forms a "bubble net," which keeps their prey from escaping. When they reach the surface, the whales swim through the mass, mouths wide open.

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April 8, 2015

Good things come to those who wait—like jellies! 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. See them now in our Open Sea galleries.

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March 30, 2015

What's it like to explore the depths of the deep sea? Find out in our new Mission to the Deep exhibit! A 360-degree video projection immerses you in a virtual underwater world, where you'll see astonishing animals and learn about the cool science of our partner institution, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI).

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March 19, 2015

Who prowls the coral colonies? That would be the Caribbean reef octopus (Octopus briareus), an animal that's built to blend in. This camouflage artist flashes through skin textures and shades of blue, green, red and brown—allowing it to sneak up and envelop prey in a gauzy web of arms. See it now in Tentacles!

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March 4, 2015

See blubber jellies abound! As these jellies bob through the water, their bulbous bells pulse with a distinctive, steady rhythm. Eight clublike oral arms that each contain several mouths transport food to the jelly's stomach. From burgundy to dark purple to light blue, these jellies come in a range of colors—you can see them all in The Jellies Experience!

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February 26, 2015

Coral reef combat! In an epic battle between mantis shrimp and disco clam, who wins? The peacock mantis shrimp is well known as a tiny but deadly predator—with claws that pack a punch like a .22-caliber bullet—lurking in coral reef crevices. But the disco clam dishes out more than just a flashy light show. When provoked, the clam shoots out an acidic mucus that repels the shrimp. Both live side by side—but apart—in our Splash Zone exhibit!

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February 23, 2015

No yolk! We recently added the egg-yolk jelly (Phacellophora camtschatica) to our Open Sea galleries. This jelly, colored yolk-yellow in the center of its bell, serves as food for many hungry animals, including sea turtles, fishes and birds. It finds its own meal by using its mass of tentacles like an underwater spider web, capturing other jellies that swim into them with a mild sting.

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