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April 11, 2014

Behold the flapjack octopus! This deep-sea species is rarely observed, but you can see it now in our new Tentacles special exhibition! We use a red light to display this species—since the octopus can’t see red light, it thinks it’s in the darkness of the deep sea, its natural environment. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and is just one of the dozen fascinating species of octopuses and kin we have on exhibit.

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April 4, 2014

Coming in like a lion(fish)! March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb as stormy winter weather gives way to a milder spring. Now April is coming in like a lion, too—with the latest addition to our Splash Zone galleries. The new arrival—the captivating and beautiful lionfish—isn’t just another pretty face. It’s an infamous fish that carries an important conservation message. 

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March 24, 2014

Notice a new otter on exhibit? Welcome back Abby! She joins Gidget and pup 649, both currently in the sea otter exhibit. Abby was rescued as a newborn in July 2007 by the Santa Barbara Marine Mammal Rescue Center. She was transferred to the Aquarium in June 2012 to join our exhibit.

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March 22, 2014

Art? Ocean animals? Or both? Check out these amazing photos of our South American sea nettles, from staff photographer Randy Wilder. We grew them behind the scenes from tiny ephyrae (babies), and are the first aquarium ever to display them! 

See them in The Jellies Experience

Groove Through Our Splash Zone Tunnel to See the "Disco" Scallop 

Not only does the "electric flame" or "disco" scallop have cool names, it's also quite striking! This clam generates light by unfurling its reflective mantle. Scientists believe this is to lure prey, or perhaps serve as a warning to predators.

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