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Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) Recent Photos and Videos

  • 🌟Welcome to the world, little floof!🌟 We’re proud to announce that a new common murre chick hatched behind the scenes at the Aquarium on August 11 as part of a species survival plan to help wild murres. Swipe through for murre cuteness! ➡️
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Our curator of aviculture, Aimee Greenebaum, said the chick is doing well behind the scenes and is very vocal. During an exam on Wednesday, the little one weighed in at 165 grams—almost 100 grams more than its hatch weight of 67 grams just ten days earlier—a sign that it’s eating and growing like a champ! 💪🐣
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The chick, whose sex is still unknown, will spend about two months behind the scenes learning how to be a murre and growing into its feet before joining the rest of our colony on exhibit. Stay tuned for murre updates!!
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#montereybayaquarium #commonmurre #uriaaalge #OHMURREGOODNESS #thesmolestbirb #itslikeapuppythathasntgrownintoitsbigpawsyet #😭❤️
  • 🌟Welcome to the world, little floof!🌟 We’re proud to announce that a new common murre chick hatched behind the scenes at the Aquarium on August 11 as part of a species survival plan to help wild murres. Swipe through for murre cuteness! ➡️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our curator of aviculture, Aimee Greenebaum, said the chick is doing well behind the scenes and is very vocal. During an exam on Wednesday, the little one weighed in at 165 grams—almost 100 grams more than its hatch weight of 67 grams just ten days earlier—a sign that it’s eating and growing like a champ! 💪🐣 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The chick, whose sex is still unknown, will spend about two months behind the scenes learning how to be a murre and growing into its feet before joining the rest of our colony on exhibit. Stay tuned for murre updates!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #commonmurre #uriaaalge #ohmurregoodness #thesmolestbirb #itslikeapuppythathasntgrownintoitsbigpawsyet #😭❤️
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  • We’re feeling a little sealy on this sunny summer Wednesday! 🤪
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Harbor seals call Monterey Bay home all year round, and are frequently spotted sunning themselves on sandy beaches and boulders near the coast. With their big, round eyes, and long whiskers built for detecting a delicious dinner, they dive into our chilly waters at night to hunt for unsuspecting fish and invertebrates, or take a dip during the day to cool off. If you’re ever on the coast, keep an eye on the water for a salty snout sticking out—a sure sign there’s a submerged seal shying away from the midday sun! ☀️
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📷: Thanks to local underwater photographer Joe Platko (@hiimjoe88), who recently had the good fortune of seaing this furry friend pop up to wave hello while he was freediving in the Monterey Bay!
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#montereybayaquarium #harborseal #Phocavitulina #thisphotomaybeinphocasbutthesealisstillfuzzy #westillgiveitoursealofapproval
  • We’re feeling a little sealy on this sunny summer Wednesday! 🤪 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Harbor seals call Monterey Bay home all year round, and are frequently spotted sunning themselves on sandy beaches and boulders near the coast. With their big, round eyes, and long whiskers built for detecting a delicious dinner, they dive into our chilly waters at night to hunt for unsuspecting fish and invertebrates, or take a dip during the day to cool off. If you’re ever on the coast, keep an eye on the water for a salty snout sticking out—a sure sign there’s a submerged seal shying away from the midday sun! ☀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷: Thanks to local underwater photographer Joe Platko (@hiimjoe88), who recently had the good fortune of seaing this furry friend pop up to wave hello while he was freediving in the Monterey Bay! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #harborseal #phocavitulina #thisphotomaybeinphocasbutthesealisstillfuzzy #westillgiveitoursealofapproval
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  • Is there something cuttlefishy about a bigfin reef squid? Or are they just squidding around? With long fins that extend around their bodies, these sensational cephalopods sure seem more cuttlefish than squid—but it’s what’s on the inside that really matters! Both cuttlefish and squid have remnants of their ancient external molluscan shells, but whereas cuttlefish have broad, porous cuttlebones inside their mantles, squids like these have flexible, feather-shaped pens.
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#montereybayaquarium #bigfinreefsquid #Sepioteuthislessoniana #theirpenmanshipisinkcredible #thatswhytheyresogoodatcalamarigraphy
  • Is there something cuttlefishy about a bigfin reef squid? Or are they just squidding around? With long fins that extend around their bodies, these sensational cephalopods sure seem more cuttlefish than squid—but it’s what’s on the inside that really matters! Both cuttlefish and squid have remnants of their ancient external molluscan shells, but whereas cuttlefish have broad, porous cuttlebones inside their mantles, squids like these have flexible, feather-shaped pens. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #bigfinreefsquid #sepioteuthislessoniana #theirpenmanshipisinkcredible #thatswhytheyresogoodatcalamarigraphy
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  • Friday mood ☝️
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The last of the pigeon guillemots are still soaking up the summer sun (and feasting on the fish) in Monterey before heading out to sea! Soon they’ll fly north to chill near the coasts of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, returning in the spring to their same nest sites along rocky shores and cliffs—or, in our case, underneath our back deck! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#montereybayaquarium #pigeonguillemot #iwannaflylikeapigeonguillemot #guillemotivationalpeeper #cruisinforasnoozin
  • Friday mood ☝️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The last of the pigeon guillemots are still soaking up the summer sun (and feasting on the fish) in Monterey before heading out to sea! Soon they’ll fly north to chill near the coasts of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, returning in the spring to their same nest sites along rocky shores and cliffs—or, in our case, underneath our back deck! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #pigeonguillemot #iwannaflylikeapigeonguillemot #guillemotivationalpeeper #cruisinforasnoozin
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  • Psst…Over hare! Pardon us, but we mustache you a question. Have you ever sea-n a Taylor’s sea hare (Phyllaplysia taylori) before? These mustachioed mollusks are eel grass’s mightiest miniature defenders, munching on microscopic algae mats that grow on the grass’s blades. Their neon green bodies and diminutive size keep them well-hidden as they manicure their eel grass gardens, and their characteristic “ears” are really more like noses that help them sniff out passing particles in their watery world. Hare’s to you, little sea slug superhero!
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#montereybayaquarium #taylorsseahare #phyllaplysiataylori #theeelgrassisalwaysgreenerontheseaslugside #thisisoneseahareraisingphoto
  • Psst…Over hare! Pardon us, but we mustache you a question. Have you ever sea-n a Taylor’s sea hare (Phyllaplysia taylori) before? These mustachioed mollusks are eel grass’s mightiest miniature defenders, munching on microscopic algae mats that grow on the grass’s blades. Their neon green bodies and diminutive size keep them well-hidden as they manicure their eel grass gardens, and their characteristic “ears” are really more like noses that help them sniff out passing particles in their watery world. Hare’s to you, little sea slug superhero! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #taylorsseahare #phyllaplysiataylori #theeelgrassisalwaysgreenerontheseaslugside #thisisoneseahareraisingphoto
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  • Hula-la! 😍 This crystalline creature is a hula skirt siphonophore (Physophora hydrostatica), and is actually made up of many individual animals called zooids, each with a different part to play. The finger-like zooids, colored with beautiful tinges of orange and violet, attach at the base of the swimming bell-shaped zooids, and house relatively potent stinging cells that can impart a strong sting to a potential predator or unsuspecting prey 😈🍴
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Thanks to our colleagues @mbari_news for the stunning image!
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#montereybayaquarium #hulaskirtsiphonophore #allsiphonophoreoneandonesiphonophoreall! #thatsitthatsthebesthashtagyouregonnaget
  • Hula-la! 😍 This crystalline creature is a hula skirt siphonophore (Physophora hydrostatica), and is actually made up of many individual animals called zooids, each with a different part to play. The finger-like zooids, colored with beautiful tinges of orange and violet, attach at the base of the swimming bell-shaped zooids, and house relatively potent stinging cells that can impart a strong sting to a potential predator or unsuspecting prey 😈🍴 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to our colleagues @mbari_news for the stunning image! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #hulaskirtsiphonophore #allsiphonophoreoneandonesiphonophoreall! #thatsitthatsthebesthashtagyouregonnaget
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  • 🚨ATTENTION CALIFORNIANS!🚨
Want to help the ocean? Here’s a thing you can do! 👉 Please urge your state officials to vote YES on the California Plastic Pollution Reduction Act via the link in our profile!
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Here’s the scoop: Right now, the state Legislature is considering the most ambitious single-use waste reduction policy in the country. The California Plastic Pollution Reduction Act sets targets to reduce waste from single-use plastic, and helps make sure the waste we do generate is actually recycled. Please ask your state officials to vote YES on this bill. Sharing your voice is super easy—just follow the link, fill in the short form and you’re done!
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With so much bad news about plastic pollution and the ocean, it can be overwhelming, but this is one way we can make a difference. Writing to your elected officials may just feel like one small step right now, but as long as we continue to embrace change and work together to make our voices heard, we can create the future we want to see for the ocean and for the people and animals that depend on it. Thanks for your support and thanks for being a part of the ocean-minded community with us! 💪🌎❤️
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#montereybayaquarium #CaliforniaCircularEconomyandPlasticPollutionReductionAct2019 #whoooothatsamouthful #wegotthisCalifornia!
  • 🚨ATTENTION CALIFORNIANS!🚨 Want to help the ocean? Here’s a thing you can do! 👉 Please urge your state officials to vote YES on the California Plastic Pollution Reduction Act via the link in our profile! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s the scoop: Right now, the state Legislature is considering the most ambitious single-use waste reduction policy in the country. The California Plastic Pollution Reduction Act sets targets to reduce waste from single-use plastic, and helps make sure the waste we do generate is actually recycled. Please ask your state officials to vote YES on this bill. Sharing your voice is super easy—just follow the link, fill in the short form and you’re done! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With so much bad news about plastic pollution and the ocean, it can be overwhelming, but this is one way we can make a difference. Writing to your elected officials may just feel like one small step right now, but as long as we continue to embrace change and work together to make our voices heard, we can create the future we want to see for the ocean and for the people and animals that depend on it. Thanks for your support and thanks for being a part of the ocean-minded community with us! 💪🌎❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #californiacirculareconomyandplasticpollutionreductionact2019 #whoooothatsamouthful #wegotthiscalifornia!
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  • Male sheephead are icons of the kelp forest. Beginning their lives as females, pretty in pink, they change sex later in life, ultimately growing into this classic black, orange and cream uniform, at once signifying their elder status to the rest of the reef—and also perhaps their SF Giants fandom. More research is required on this latter point. #montereybayaquarium #feelingsheepish #baaaahdboy
  • Male sheephead are icons of the kelp forest. Beginning their lives as females, pretty in pink, they change sex later in life, ultimately growing into this classic black, orange and cream uniform, at once signifying their elder status to the rest of the reef—and also perhaps their SF Giants fandom. More research is required on this latter point. #montereybayaquarium #feelingsheepish #baaaahdboy
  • 8765 0 2 weeks ago