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Welcome to the family, Alika and Sula!! We’re excited to announce that our Aviculture team has welcomed two new seabirds to our rescued flock: Alika, a young Laysan albatross and Sula, a red-footed booby!

Alika joins Makana as the second Laysan albatross at an accredited zoo or aquarium in the US. Like Makana, Alika (meaning “protector” or “guardian” in Hawaiian) was injured as a chick and unable to survive in the wild.

Sula (the scientific name of red-footed boobies is Sula sula) was injured by fishing gear and also unable to survive on her own. As they become more comfortable and their training progresses, we hope that Alika and Sula will—like Makana—take part in public programs and interact with our guests. In the meantime, you might see Alika, Sula and Makana during behind-the-scenes tours.
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6/18/18
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Ah, so THAT'S what it feels like to be a piece of calamari...
This video was shot by diver Julian Gunther (Instagram @sharkbaitjulian) off of Redondo Beach, CA in February. Who wants to be Julian's buddy on the next dive? 😅
And remember all the squid boats in Monterey Bay a few months back? Here's what they were looking for! Shoals of market squid gather every year to mate along the West Coast—this video gives you an idea of what it's like to be part of the Squid Squad!
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How strong is an octopus? How many suction cups does an octopus have? And can octopus give you hickeys? Dive into the wonderful world of octopus natural history with cephalopod aquarist Candace and learn more about giant Pacific octopuses at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
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Time to tell some jokes just for the halibut.
Can't keep them in when you've got so much sole.
Feeling inspired, energized—turbot-charged if you will.
(But we don't understand kids these days, with all the flossing and sanddabs.)
Hopefully those put you all in your plaice.
Apologies if you think they fell flatfish.
We're just floundering around a bit—but we did want to say:

Best fish for a Happy Father's Day!
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"It's like having kids—except my kids are squid!"

Cephalopod Week 2018 starts today! Take a peek behind the scenes of our Tentacles special exhibition and learn from the aquarists—the self-proclaimed "Tentagals"—about their work to bring the tentacular to the world!
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What's crackin', kraken? Science Friday's Cephalopod Week starts tomorrow—get ready to meet the tentacular!
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Four-legged volunteer and very good boy Duncan brushes up on his echinoderm knowledge at the Kelp Forest exhibit.

All of our volunteers are otterly pawesome! Meet Duncan and his human, Mariah: http://mbayaq.co/1RRQnzi
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Pretty in pink! A moon jelly’s color can change depending on its diet. Jellies that feed extensively on crustaceans may turns pink or lavender, while an orange tint hints that a jelly's been enjoying some brine shrimp.
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Yes indeed—it’s another Mola mola Monday! Sunfish shine at devouring jellies, but researchers have found that molas enjoy a savory seafood smorgasbord filled with fish, squid, crustaceans, sponges and other assorted mola munchies.
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