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.
So much style! A perpetual color machine, the flamboyant cuttlefish continually flashes an array of vibrant yellow, maroon, brown, white and red hues along its body. We're one of only a few aquariums that have ever displayed this striking species, and you can see it now in Tentacles!
Everything about these crabs says: stay away! Spiny king crabs are well-equipped for warding off predators with sharp spikes protruding from their bodies. Fortunately, you can get up close and personal without being perforated—we just added three to the Sandy Seafloor gallery in our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit. Check them out!
Whale, hello there! Gray whales are on the move, making their way through Monterey Bay as part of their lengthy, annual migration from Alaska down to Baja California. These giants usually visit our area between December and April—and we've been seeing them daily from our ocean-view decks! Our location offers a great vantage point to spot wildlife in the bay.
Frilly fins unite! Four species of tropical lionfish are now fluttering around our Splash Zone exhibit: red, clearfin and fuzzy dwarf lionfish—and the flamboyantly named frillfin turkeyfish. Be on the lookout for the smallest of the bunch, the fuzzy dwarf. Our aquarists say it hangs out in the reef but is the first to appear at meal time!
Nature's glow sticks? Tropical coral reefs are known for their vivid color palettes—and the display doesn't stop when the sun goes down. When the light is just right, special proteins cause corals to fluoresce in vibrant neon patterns. Visit The Jellies Experience to experience the light show for yourself.