Two silver fish, but which is which? Our Kelp Forest is especially shimmery with the recent addition of 4,600 sardines and anchovies to the exhibit. How do you tell the difference between a sardine and an anchovy? A sardine sports a distinctive black spot, and an anchovy can be identified swimming with its mouth wide open to gather food. From further away, you can see a sardine school move in darting motions, while an anchovy school forms a vertical funnel or swirl.
They grow up so fast! When our two young mola molas went on exhibit in August, they weighed around 14 pounds each. Our latest measurements show that one has reached 45 pounds and the other's reached 60 pounds. These wonderfully weird-looking fish hatch from tiny eggs, but grow to weigh more than a pickup truck!
Dive into our Kelp Forest feeding show! Twice a day our divers jump into this iconic exhibit to feed all the fishes—including fan favorites like the leopard shark and giant sea bass. Hand-feeding helps us ensure everyone gets enough sustainable seafood to eat, and check up on their overall health. It's also a great chance for you to get to know the many different species that make up this diverse underwater community.
Snack time for the sea gooseberry! This graceful jelly lets its tentacles trail in the current to catch bits of plankton drifting past. Then it elegantly spins and brings its tentacles in, passing the food to its pulsing combs, which then ferry the morsel to the jelly's mouth. It's a mesmerizing mealtime ballet you can see for yourself in our Open Sea exhibit.
The giant clam returns! This rare beauty recently spent some time behind the scenes while we created several new coral community displays in our Splash Zone exhibit. The giant clam is the largest clam species in the world and can weigh as much as 440 pounds, grow up to four feet, and live to be 100 years old or more. Be sure to stop by and welcome it back—and check out the colorful new corals while you're there!
Meet a mighty fine cuttlefish! Pharaoh cuttlefish are back on display in our Tentacles special exhibition. This cephalopod is known for its metallic blue, green, gold and silver coloration, which it can change in a flash for camouflage, communication or courtship. It lives in coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific, usually hovering near the ocean bottom, where it uses its two long tentacles to catch small shrimps, fishes and crabs.
Selka's a successful surrogate! Selka already had an exciting life story when she first joined our Sea Otters exhibit in August 2016. She'd been rescued and returned to the wild twice before making the Aquarium her permanent home. Now this clever and inquisitive girl can add yet another chapter—raising her first pup as a surrogate mother. She taught him how to groom his fur and find food, and very soon, he'll be ready to be released. Good job, Selka!
Use your voice, box(fish)! The newest resident of our ¡Viva Baja! special exhibition is a cute square-shaped fish that hums during courtship rituals and buzzes to defend itself and its mates. The spotted boxfish lives in coral and rocky reefs in the Pacific Ocean and tropical Indo-Pacific. This adorable polka-dotted fish gets its shape from a bony carapace that encases most of its body.
New dreamy drifters! Several lion's mane jellies (Cyanea capillata) have been added to our Open Sea wing. Despite being used as a murder weapon in the Sherlock Holmes novel, The Adventure of the Lion's Mane, the sting of this toxic species isn't fatal to humans. So relax and enjoy the mesmerizing display as these calming creatures cruise the currents.