Exhibit Updates


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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Bat Rays Are Back in Our Touch Pool

Exhibit Update

March 8, 2019
Come see elegant bat rays in the touch pool of our recently reopened Aviary exhibit. These graceful creatures don't sting or bite, so you're welcome to gently touch them as they soar through the water with their batlike pectoral fins.
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Check Out the Underwater Gymnastics of these Open Sea Beauties

Exhibit Update

February 27, 2019
Eight new dolphinfish were recently added to our Open Sea exhibit! These acrobatic fish zip around in quick bursts and flash golden green streaks when they get excited. Keep an eye out!
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Three's Company

Exhibit Update

February 8, 2019
While most octopus species are solitary and generally don't make good exhibit mates, our north Pacific bigeye octopuses don't mind sharing their space. We have two males and one female displayed together in the Sandy Seafloor section of our Monterey Bay Habitats exhibit. Drop by and see if you can spot all three!
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