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  • 🚨WE NOW INTERRUPT YOUR SCROLLING FOR A SPECIAL PENGUIN SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT🐧 Hello, Person Beyond The Screen! Just wanted to inform you that today is #PenguinAwarenessDay. This is an African penguin, and now that you're aware, you should also know that we're hard at work to help this critically endangered species recover in the wild. You can find out more at our profile link.

OK, thanks for your time, happy scrolling! #montereybayaquarium #youcanhelpaconservationpengwin #🐧❤️
  • 🚨WE NOW INTERRUPT YOUR SCROLLING FOR A SPECIAL PENGUIN SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT🐧 Hello, Person Beyond The Screen! Just wanted to inform you that today is #penguinawarenessday. This is an African penguin, and now that you're aware, you should also know that we're hard at work to help this critically endangered species recover in the wild. You can find out more at our profile link. OK, thanks for your time, happy scrolling! #montereybayaquarium #youcanhelpaconservationpengwin #🐧❤️
  • 8217 60 1 day ago
  • The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth,
it can lie down like silk breathing
or toss havoc shoreward; it can give
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gifts and withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth
like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it can
sweet-talk entirely. As I can too,
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and so, no doubt, can you, and you.
—Mary Oliver, “A Thousand Mornings”
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#montereybayaquarium #waves #stormyseas #maryoliver #💔
  • The sea can do craziness, it can do smooth, it can lie down like silk breathing or toss havoc shoreward; it can give ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ gifts and withhold all; it can rise, ebb, froth like an incoming frenzy of fountains, or it can sweet-talk entirely. As I can too, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ and so, no doubt, can you, and you. —Mary Oliver, “A Thousand Mornings” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #waves #stormyseas #maryoliver #💔
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  • It's been a chilly, rainy day here in Monterey, so we're warming up by the fire of this orange cup coral—a cup coral of hot cococean to warm the sole, if you whale.

Orange cup corals are ubiquitous bonfires of stinging beauty on the reefs of Monterey Bay. The “bumps” on their tentacles are stinging cells called cnidocytes. These specialized cells are equipped with stinging harpoons called nematocysts, a key feature of the cnidarian phylum that includes anemones, hard corals and jellyfish. 
At certain stages in their lifecycle, cup corals are so small that they pass through our filters, making them some of the first animals to settle in our exhibits when they first opened! #montereybayaquarium #orangecupcoralyougladtohavereadthepost ?
  • It's been a chilly, rainy day here in Monterey, so we're warming up by the fire of this orange cup coral—a cup coral of hot cococean to warm the sole, if you whale. Orange cup corals are ubiquitous bonfires of stinging beauty on the reefs of Monterey Bay. The “bumps” on their tentacles are stinging cells called cnidocytes. These specialized cells are equipped with stinging harpoons called nematocysts, a key feature of the cnidarian phylum that includes anemones, hard corals and jellyfish. At certain stages in their lifecycle, cup corals are so small that they pass through our filters, making them some of the first animals to settle in our exhibits when they first opened! #montereybayaquarium #orangecupcoralyougladtohavereadthepost ?
  • 4247 22 5 days ago
  • Just popping up to wish you a whaley wonderful week!
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The southbound gray whale migration is nearing its peak, with our naturalists spotting them off the back deck of the Aquarium almost daily. Their 10,000-mile roundtrip journey began in their feeding grounds near Alaska a few months ago and will take them to the safety of shallow lagoons in Baja California, Mexico to breed and give birth. Good luck, whales—you’re doing gray-t! #montereybayaquarium #graywhale #haveagraytday #whalewebeseaingyousoon?
  • Just popping up to wish you a whaley wonderful week! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The southbound gray whale migration is nearing its peak, with our naturalists spotting them off the back deck of the Aquarium almost daily. Their 10,000-mile roundtrip journey began in their feeding grounds near Alaska a few months ago and will take them to the safety of shallow lagoons in Baja California, Mexico to breed and give birth. Good luck, whales—you’re doing gray-t! #montereybayaquarium #graywhale #haveagraytday #whalewebeseaingyousoon?
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  • Sea stars dance to their own rhythm: This one is called “The Ambulacral Groove.” Sea stars amble about with hundreds of tiny tube feet—lovely hydraulically powered limbs unique to echinoderms, which include sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Often equipped with sticky mucus and small suction cups, tube feet make sea stars highly ambulatory.

Sea stars have five V-shaped channels for their tube feet to take a hike. These ambulacral grooves are named after the Latin “ambulacrum”, meaning a walk planted with trees. The term has even deeper roots in the Indo-European “ambhi”, meaning “around.” Of course, having your bare feetsies exposed to the seafloor can be a tad touchy—fortunately, the ambulacral grooves are protected by spines, ossicles and pincers that can close off the tube feet from the rest of the world if things get socked in.

Tube feet are groovy, to say the least. And if you thought a two-step was tough, try a few hundred more!

#montereybayaquarium #seaingstars #ambulacroix #echinodermatologistapproved
  • Sea stars dance to their own rhythm: This one is called “The Ambulacral Groove.” Sea stars amble about with hundreds of tiny tube feet—lovely hydraulically powered limbs unique to echinoderms, which include sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Often equipped with sticky mucus and small suction cups, tube feet make sea stars highly ambulatory. Sea stars have five V-shaped channels for their tube feet to take a hike. These ambulacral grooves are named after the Latin “ambulacrum”, meaning a walk planted with trees. The term has even deeper roots in the Indo-European “ambhi”, meaning “around.” Of course, having your bare feetsies exposed to the seafloor can be a tad touchy—fortunately, the ambulacral grooves are protected by spines, ossicles and pincers that can close off the tube feet from the rest of the world if things get socked in. Tube feet are groovy, to say the least. And if you thought a two-step was tough, try a few hundred more! #montereybayaquarium #seaingstars #ambulacroix #echinodermatologistapproved
  • 8477 64 1 week ago
  • And now for a sight not normally seen, we present to you: An adorable sand crab butt.
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These delightfully diminutive decapods spend most of their time burrowed in the sand but swim in a manner most unusual for a crustacean. While most crabs can move in all directions—forward, backward, sideways—a sand crab scoots only in reverse.
#montereybayaquarium #sandcrab #emeritaanalogacrablivinginadigitalworld #itscootswithitsboot
  • And now for a sight not normally seen, we present to you: An adorable sand crab butt. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These delightfully diminutive decapods spend most of their time burrowed in the sand but swim in a manner most unusual for a crustacean. While most crabs can move in all directions—forward, backward, sideways—a sand crab scoots only in reverse. #montereybayaquarium #sandcrab #emeritaanalogacrablivinginadigitalworld #itscootswithitsboot
  • 8966 150 1 week ago
  • The original live-action Dumbo!

This dumbo octopus (genus Grimpoteuthis) is named for its floppy "ears"—the tell-tale fins of cirrate octopuses, which also include flapjack octopuses (genus Opisthoteuthis). Our colleagues at @mbari_news are always discovering new species in the deep sea. And they're always bringing better and better cameras into the depths to photograph and film the residents of Inner Space. 
Early deep-sea researchers struggled to document their findings without access to high-quality video cameras—much of their information came from specimens pulled up in nets that were often damaged during collection. Gentle jellies, fragile fishes and sensitive squid lacked their true splendor pulled from the delicate deep.

Today, MBARI uses Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV's) to explore the ocean's depths and to study animals in their natural habitat. ROV's Ventana and Doc Ricketts are outfitted with a range of high-definition video and still cameras inconceivable just a few decades ago. Photos like this—taken at 3,600 meters/11,800 feet—have allowed us to learn more than ever before about life in the deep: What do these animals really look like? What are they up to? What does it take to survive in an environment so unlike our terrestrial world? 
This photo of a Dumbo proves that deep-sea exploration is flying high thanks to the engineers and scientists working tirelessly to bring to light these mysteries of the deep.

#montereybayaquarium #mbari #deepsea #nicetodeepseayou #🐘🐙🌊❤️
  • The original live-action Dumbo! This dumbo octopus (genus Grimpoteuthis) is named for its floppy "ears"—the tell-tale fins of cirrate octopuses, which also include flapjack octopuses (genus Opisthoteuthis). Our colleagues at @mbari_news are always discovering new species in the deep sea. And they're always bringing better and better cameras into the depths to photograph and film the residents of Inner Space. Early deep-sea researchers struggled to document their findings without access to high-quality video cameras—much of their information came from specimens pulled up in nets that were often damaged during collection. Gentle jellies, fragile fishes and sensitive squid lacked their true splendor pulled from the delicate deep. Today, MBARI uses Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV's) to explore the ocean's depths and to study animals in their natural habitat. ROV's Ventana and Doc Ricketts are outfitted with a range of high-definition video and still cameras inconceivable just a few decades ago. Photos like this—taken at 3,600 meters/11,800 feet—have allowed us to learn more than ever before about life in the deep: What do these animals really look like? What are they up to? What does it take to survive in an environment so unlike our terrestrial world? This photo of a Dumbo proves that deep-sea exploration is flying high thanks to the engineers and scientists working tirelessly to bring to light these mysteries of the deep. #montereybayaquarium #mbari #deepsea #nicetodeepseayou #🐘🐙🌊❤️
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