[Photo] A Year End Shell ebration November 2016—We celebrated our ten year Makana
A Year-End Shell-ebration! November 2016—We celebrated our ten-year Makana-versary! This lovely Laysan albatross lady was part of a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service breeding program in Hawai'i. Sadly, she damaged her left wing at four months of age, making her unable to fly despite rehabilitation efforts. Makana—"gift" in Hawaiian—has been with us ever since, as an ambassador to her species and to the plastic-impacted North Pacific Gyre ecosystem.
A smiling face in the deep sea! Predatory tunicates like this one make their home on the seafloor and submarine canyon walls, waiting for tiny animals to drift past or swim within chomping range. This #DeepSeaSaturday is brought to you by our intrepid colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)!
An oldie but goodie from the photo vault—volunteer divers cleaning the Kelp Forest windows in 1992! Since we opened, more than 9,000 volunteers have contributed their time, energy and ❤. Thank you to the many helping hands who make the Aquarium what it is!
Giant larvaceans are deep-sea animals that create giant (and beautiful) mucus nets to trap food particles drifting in the sea. Unfortunately, new research from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) shows that microplastics are riding these mucus nets to the deep sea.
You otter be proud! The comment period for the review of national marine sanctuaries and monuments has officially closed, with almost 100,000 comments submitted. A big fluffy sea otter smooch to everyone who spoke up to support our national underwater treasures!
Want to be turtley awesome this week? See if you can skip the straw, lose the lid and complete our “drink out of the side of a cup for less plastic trash” sustainability challenge! The choice is in our hands.
Hello, tiny hunter! Though less than three inches long, stumpy cuttlefish are adept predators. Using color-changing cells called chromatophores, they camouflage themselves in sand, coral or algae, lying in wait to ambush dinner.
During the enrichment before our volunteer shift at the Aquarium today, we were informed that the total number of donated hours by volunteers since the opening in 1984 has surpassed 4,000,000 hours! Bravo!!!
What happens when this Risso's dolphin dives down into the shoals of tasty squid swimming below? That's what the nearby research vessel is there to find out! See the latest research from our colleagues at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) about the behavior of animals in the ocean's deep scattering layer: [ Mbayaq.co Link ]