Monterey Bay Aquarium 2/25/12

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is amazing. Yesterday, I was able to go with a few members of the California State University, Sacramento Field Biology Group. If you live in California it is a must see. If you are visiting California it is a must see. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a diverse variety of marine creatures. They are well known for their otter, tuna, jellyfish, and seahorse exhibits. They’ve also had juvenile Great White Sharks in their exhibits. Sadly, on this trip they didn’t have one on display.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has some amazing displays that feature fish involved in the cannery history of the region. Some of these are anchovies and sardines.

Anchovy in a school

 

Anchovy stretching its large mouth which is used to filter feed plankton

 

Sardine School

The open sea exhibit is fascinating with lots of large fish. These include Bluefin Tuna, Turtles, Sharks, and Mola mola ocean sunfish.

Bluefin Tuna

 

Bluefin Tuna

 

Bluefin Tuna

 

Green Sea Turtle

 

Mahi mahi, also known as Dolphin Fish or Dorado

 

Mola mola, better known as the Ocean Sunfish. Easily a candidate for coolest fish on the planet.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a fantastic collection of Seahorses and Pipefish.

Pacific Seahorse

Pipefish

 

Dwarf Seahorse

 

Seahorse

 

Weedy Sea Dragon

Perhaps my favorite fish in the Seahorse exhibits are the elegant Leafy Sea Dragons.

Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon

A group of Leafy Sea Dragons

Leafy Sea Dragons

The Jellyfish display at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is spectacular with some crazy looking jellyfish.

Lions Mane Jellyfish

Sea Nettle

Jellyfish

Otters always look like they are having fun.

This adult otter was being annoyed by a pup who wanted to play

 

Penguin

Here are some of the other critters from the trip.

Anthius

Batfish hiding along the substrate

 

A couple of tiny Yellow Coral Gobies lounging on their coral

 

Feeding time in one of the tanks.

Surf Perch

 

Surf Perch. They are cool. Females give live birth to their young after a gestation period of around 5 months.

 

Not sure what this fish is but it is pretty

 

Sanddab hiding. Can you find him.

 

Rainbow Surf Perch

 

Pyramid Butterfly Fish

 

Leopard Shark

 

Goatfish

 

Flat Fish

 

Damselfish

 

Cownose Ray

 

Convict Tang

 

Copper Banded Butterfly Fish and Shrimp

Next time you are in California, take some time to visit the fantastic Monterey Bay Aquarium.

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