Exhibit Updates


Schooling Around

Exhibit Update

December 9, 2019
Our Open Sea exhibit is whirling and swirling with the addition of 5,000 new sardines! These fish create gorgeous shimmering formations as they swim through the water, using visual cues and an organ called a lateral line to coordinate their moves.
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Big Mola, Little Mola

Exhibit Update

November 25, 2019
Now there's a wee mola in the Open Sea! It's easy to spot the enormous, stumpy shape of our bigger mola swimming throughout the exhibit, but finding the little one may take patience. It won't stay small forever — in Monterey Bay, this species can grow to be over 1,000 pounds!
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Lucky Number Sevengill

Exhibit Update

October 25, 2019
That's a lot of gills! Most sharks have five pairs of gills, but the broadnose sevengill shark has seven. We recently welcomed a new sevengill, as well as a spiny dogfish, to our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit — check out our Shark Cam and see if you can spot both of them.
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Our Living Fossils Are Back

Exhibit Update

September 22, 2019
We're thrilled to welcome back the chambered nautilus to our Tentacles exhibit. This cousin of the octopus is a living link to the past — little about it has changed for more than 150 million years. It touches and tastes the world using more than 90 tentacles!
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Cuttle with Me

Exhibit Update

August 23, 2019
The kisslip cuttlefish is cuttle-y, colorful — and back in our Tentacles exhibit! This cephalopod is an astonishing beauty, especially during mating season, when the males are known to change colors in an amazing display of greens and purples.
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Our Kelp Runneth Over

Exhibit Update

August 9, 2019
Our Kelp Forest is in full swing! The giant kelp is flourishing and treating us to a dazzling kelp canopy show. This kelp species has small air-filled bladders that keep it afloat — and rocking to the rhythm of the waves.
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Eensy Weensy and Wonderful

Exhibit Update

July 18, 2019
When is a mollusc not yet a mollusc? When it's a veliger! A veliger is a baby mollusc still in its larval stage. It has a characteristic flap — called a ciliated velum — that it uses to swim and collect food. You may be surprised by the striking beauty of this puny planktonic pal. Come see for yourself in our Tiny Drifters gallery in the Open Sea!
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A Good Hare Day

Exhibit Update

July 5, 2019

Hair-raising news... we have added a sea hare to the Aviary! Although this hare isn't related to rabbits, it is an exceedingly interesting invertebrate. Not only can it be both male and female, but it can also lay an astounding number of eggs. How many, exactly? Read our animal guide to find out.

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Eight Is Great!

Exhibit Update

June 18, 2019
Our Open Sea welcomes eight new yellowfin tuna to the crew, for a grand total of 26 on exhibit. These fast fish can fly through the water at up to 47 miles per hour — that's nearly eight times as fast as Michael Phelps can swim!
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All Together Now!

Exhibit Update

June 3, 2019
Hello, anchovies! This week we welcomed 1,500 more anchovies to our Kelp Forest exhibit. These shimmering swimmers move in schools that have a distinctive swirling funnel pattern. That "swirl" is how you can tell them apart from a sardine school's darting motions.
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Once in a Blue Moon Jelly

Exhibit Update

May 17, 2019
Now you can moon-gaze all day long! Check out our new Moon Jelly Cam to see these dreamy drifters pulsate and float in our Open Sea exhibit. These jellies have gorgeous glowing gonads that make this viewing experience as stellar as it is lunar.
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Cute as a Cuttlefish

Exhibit Update

April 12, 2019
How is the fabulous flamboyant cuttlefish not like an octopus or a squid? It's all about arms and tentacles, pens and cuttlebones. Learn about cephalopods of all sorts and explore nearly a dozen live exhibits in our recently reopened Tentacles special exhibition.
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We’d Like a Side of Clams, Please

Exhibit Update

April 8, 2019
How often do our resident sea otters eat? A lot! To stay warm in chilly water they have to eat several times a day. Go on a virtual visit to our food room and watch as we prepare the food that fuels these voracious marine mammals.
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Double the Sun!

Exhibit Update

March 15, 2019

The Open Sea exhibit now has two ocean sunfish on display! These wonderfully weird-looking fish hatch from tiny eggs but are actually one of the heaviest bony fish species. Watch these stumpy swimmers navigate the Open Sea with their clavus — or truncated tail fin — as a rudder.

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