Exhibit Updates


Check Out Our Pelagic Stingray Pups

Exhibit Update

December 13, 2018 - One of our pelagic stingrays recently gave birth to a pair of pups! Now you can get a closer look at these two adorable mini versions of their majestic mother in a display that's more their size. Look for them flapping around with a school of anchovies just to the left of our million-gallon Open Sea exhibit.
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Seabird Staycation

Exhibit Update

December 3, 2018 - Our aviculturist Nikki Odorisio works to make sure each day is interesting and fun for our rescued Laysan albatrosses, Makana and Alika. They are the only two birds of their kind at an accredited zoo or aquarium in the United States. Both sustained injuries as chicks and, despite rehabilitation efforts, were never able to fly. To give them the sensation of travel, Nikki takes them on trips through the Aquarium, where they inspire our guests to make small changes—like skipping the straw at restaurants—that can make a big difference for the survival of the species in the wild.
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Tuna Crabs Are Back!

Exhibit Update

November 13, 2018 - Once again, Monterey area beaches have been coated with tuna crabs, also known as pelagic red crabs. These mass strandings are a regular part of the lifecycle of this crustacean, but are rare in our area. Seeing tuna crabs this far north is usually associated with El Niño conditions and an indicator of warmer southern currents reaching Monterey Bay. Even when the tides pull the crabs away from our shores, you can still see them displayed in our Open Sea exhibit.
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Take a Shine to Our Ocean Sunfish

Exhibit Update

November 13, 2018 - An ocean sunfish (Mola mola) has recently been added to the Open Sea exhibit. A sunfish can dive to depths of 1,800 feet, or it might be seen laying flat on the ocean's surface, sunbathing. Scientists theorize this helps warm up its body after deep dives. The largest species of bony fish in the world, a sunfish can reach a staggering weight of 5,000 pounds and a total length of nearly nine feet. This one joins the exhibit at about two and a half feet long and 66 pounds.
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Welcome Back, Bixby!

September 21, 2018 - After spending about a month behind the scenes learning to swim, African penguin chick Bixby has rejoined the rest of the penguin colony on exhibit in Splash Zone. You can spot Bixby—and fellow chicks Monty and Poppy—by their sleek and silver juvenile plumage. 

We're Suckers for Red!

August 30, 2018 - You'll find the red octopus on the second floor of the Kelp Forest exhibit. Aquarium legend has it one would sneak out at night and crawl across the floor to eat the crabs in a nearby display. Watch this intelligent invertebrate taking a sucker-powered stroll around its den on our YouTube Channel.

Happy Birthday, Rosa!

August 1, 2018 - We're celebrating our sea otter Rosa's 19th birthday—and the incredible life she's had over those years. She was found stranded as a four-week-old pup, and has gone on to rear 14 pups herself—the most of any of the moms in our surrogate program!

Hang Out with Our Hammerheads!

July 2, 2018 - A third scalloped hammerhead shark has been added to our Open Sea exhibit. This beautiful shark is between one and two years old. For the past year, it's been growing up at our off-site Animal Research and Care Center, but now is big enough to join the community of fishes on exhibit. The unmistakable shape of this shark's head is believed to help it track its prey, possibly by improving its sensory perception. The adaptation also appears to increase its agility and maneuverability over other shark species.

Meet Nature's Scuba Divers!

June 21, 2018 - Sunburst diving beetles are now on exhibit in ¡Viva Baja! These colorful and active arthropods breathe air, but spend most of their lives under water. How? They carry their own air supply inside a bubble that looks like a bump on the rump.

Comb Jellies Are Living Rainbows

April 10, 2018 - As they move through the water, rows of cilia defract the light and produce a beautiful, shimmering effect. Our innovative aquarists cracked the code to successfully raise these delicate beauties behind the scenes, and now you can see several species on display in our Open Sea exhibit.