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Happy Hour could be happier. The vote on AB 1884: The Straws On Request Bill is tomorrow! Let your California rep know that reducing plastic pollution is important to you: https://mbayaq.co/2vIP94o
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Now that's a tasteful nude: A three-lined aeolid nudibranch sea slug assesses the scene atop a ruby red bunch of beautiful bryozoans.

Thanks to photographer Desmond Ho (@ ho_desmond on Instagram) for the wonderful photo!
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We know the Monterey Bay is a preserve, but this is just ridiculous! A massive swarm of jellies washed up along Monterey beaches this weekend, with patches of sea nettles so thick the water was transformed into extra spicy salsa! 🌊🌢πŸ”₯

Everyone, please give a big shoutout to local photographer Michelle Manson (@ mansonfotos on Instagram) for enduring stings until her teeth hurt while taking this photo! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈβ™¨οΈ
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Here comes the sun! Rey the Penguin making an entrance warms our hearts every time. β˜€οΈπŸ§β€οΈ

Rey (short for Monterey) is one of several African penguin chicks hatched at the Aquarium as a part of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums's Species Survival Plan for these critically endangered birds. Find out more about this program: https://mbayaq.co/2vDsgBu
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OK, now THAT's excit-ctene! Our jelly aquarist extraordinaire MacKenzie is at sea with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) to study deep-sea jellies, including this huge and undescribed Aulacoctena ctenophore comb jelly!

Mackenzie joins a team from Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History to study deep sea life. They'll be at sea for the next week, so check out their expedition blog here: https://mbayaq.co/2B7uLPn
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Is it the weekend yet? zzzzzz.....
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Pelagic cormorant with the extra feathers-in-the-water flair.
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...life in its jewel boxes is endless as the sand.
- Pablo Neruda

One of the prettiest and most colorful species of sea slugs, Opalescent nudibranchs are also formidable and feisty foes! When two of them meet head-to-head, a biting battle is likely to follow.
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And so, the latest Instagram social media super brittle star is born ✨πŸ”₯
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And the peng-winner is... πŸ₯ ... BIXBY! Thanks to all 16,119 of you who voted for this lil' lady's new name. She'll be back with the rest of the colony in a few months after completing non-flight school behind the scenes. See you again soon, Bixby! 🐧❀️
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