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tfw the bass drop is a let down. Ah but not to worry, you didn't do anything to disappoint the giant sea bass. In fact, this is the happiest giant sea bass populations have been in quite some time! Once hunted to near extinction, these California megafish are recovering along the coast thanks to marine protected areas. #montereybayaquarium #restingfishface #smilingontheinside #allaboutthisbass

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"Echinoderm"? Hrm. What’s in a term? This spiny brittle star is here to help you learn! Echinoderms are sea stars, sea urchins, sand dollars, brittle stars, sea cucumbers and kin. "Echinoderm" translates to “hedgehog skin"—so they’re the ones with the spiky perm! #montereybayaquarium #anechinodermataofnationalimportance #enhance #ENHANCE #ENHANCE!! #ohnowaittoofar

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Lookout sea stars You may be outshined, you Oh this flamboyant ’do ’Cause it’s almost all yellow #montereybayaquarium #lookatitsskin! #ohyeahitskisnandcuttlebone #turnintosomethingbeautiful #youknow #youknowweloveitso

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“It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again.” - John Steinbeck, The Log from the Sea of Cortez ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Many moons, a go.” - Moon jelly kreisel, Monterey Bay Aquarium ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #moonjellies #apollo50 #moonlanding #sealestialwonder

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The ocean is mysterious, but the work to explore it doesn't need to be! Our colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are hosting their yearly open house THIS SATURDAY 7/20, from noon to 5 p.m. We hope to sea you there! Link in profile for the deets! #montereybayaquarium #mbari #mbariopenhouse #learnhowtheexploroceanseasageismade!

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Nobody: No one: Not even a soul: The universal alignment of all Consciousness in requesting Nothing, which is to say, that any statement whatever henceforth will be considered an offering to the altar of Precisely The Absence Of Prompting From All Existence: Us: This took a tern . #montereybayaquarium #itsagoodformatbrent #thispostisforthebirds #whatdoyoucallaseabirdthatsafanofsausage #aternforthewurst

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That’s no moon—or wait, maybe it is?! Here at the Aquarium, we know Mola mola as “ocean sunfish,” but across the pond, molas moonlight as “moonfish” instead. Between the Apollo 11 anniversary and tonight’s full moon, now is the perfect time for sunfish lunatics to unite around these sealestial beings! 🌕🐟❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those inquiring minds out there: 🇫🇷: poisson lune 🇪🇸: pez luna 🇮🇹: pesce luna 🇩🇪: Mondfisch 🇳🇱: maanvis 🇵🇹: peixe lua ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #molamola #oceansunfish #asunfishbyanyothernamewouldsmellasfishy #stillnotatunajay #orababywhale

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Whipping whorls of bewildering wonder welcome wanderers wishing to witness wilderness in wave-swept worlds. Near the piston that plunges into our Kelp Forest, the push and pull and periodic play of the water creates a perfect position for the prodigious productivity of giant kelp to be put on display, as previously microscopic and planktonic spores propel the plant to carpet the surface in a thick canopy populated with plentiful species—and opportunities for pretty pictures! #montereybayaquarium #algalalliterocean #captionsforkelpconnoiseurs #proseandcons

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Farewell otter pups 870 and 872! These two rescued southern sea otters have now arrived at their new home: @shedd_aquarium! Found stranded as young pups and unable to survive in the wild, they were raised up behind the scenes at the Aquarium by our Sea Otter Program, and they now get to share their otterly pawesome message of ocean conservation with new friends in the Windy City! 📷1️⃣ Pup 872, Master of Floof 📷2️⃣ Pup 870, Otterney General of Rascality 🎥 @shedd_aquarium #montereybayaquarium #amomentofpaws #bonvoyageseapups #farewhaleandcodspeed

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Yay! Just an absolutely gorgeous day on the bay today, if we do so say. 😍🌊❤️ #montereybayaquarium #it #us #bayutifulbackyardsofinstagram

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Why hello there little red octopus! We were having cephalopod week withdrawals, but luckily local diver @ocean_phil came to our rescute with this sensoceanal photo 😍📷🐙 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #redoctopus #letuspapillaeitoutforyou #cephalopawwwwd

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Algae-whiz! That’s a low tide! The lowest of low tides for the month are happening along the coast this week thanks to Tuesday’s new moon, which means it’s the perfect time to head out and explore these tiny, rarely sea-n worlds. Check out this morning’s low tide and tips on how to go tidepooling responsibly in our Story, and on our YouTube live (link in bio)! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #tidepools #seaingstars #alittlesomethingtotideyouover #heretokelp

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Jellyfishing you a wonderful Fourth of July sealebrocean! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #ohseiwhalecanyousea #seastheday #chrysaoralikeaneagle

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Along the wave-swept coastline of Monterey Bay, beneath the towers of giant kelp, thickets of woody sea palms compete for what’s left of the sunlight before it reaches the reef. Long-living and built for rugged conditions, these kelps create a forest-within-the-forest several feet tall. Here a southern sea palm, Eisenia arborea, extends into the current on an exposed boulder facing out to the Carmel Canyon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #southernseapalm #currentevents #keepseapalmandcarryon #oofthesepunsgrowboulderandbouldereveryday

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Cephalopod Week is over??? Look out world, it’s time for this bluespotted jawfish to shine! 🌟 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #bluespottedjawfish #moveasidetentapals #sharethebluespotlight

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🎉🐙 That’s a wrap on Cephalopod Week 2019!🦑🎉 Thanks for sharing in the cephalove—sea you next year! ❤️❤️❤️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #cephalopodweek #timetocephalopauseandreflect

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What's in a name? Our colleagues at @mbari_news share the scoop on this spectacular looking squid. 🦑  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This cranchiid squid, Helicocranchia, has quite a few nicknames from our deep-sea biologists. It's called the rastafarian, pig-nosed, helicopter-tailed, and hippo-squid, depending on who you ask.  Learn more about this and other unusual deep-sea squid on MBARI's Deep-Sea Guide: dsg.mbari.org ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #mbari #cephalopodweek #squidletpig! #wemeanpigletsquid!

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My, my... what big eyes you have! 👀🦑 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it comes to squid eye size, bigger is better. Just to put it in perspective, a squid eye can be up to 100x larger than a human eye, relative to body size! Their large eyes capture a LOT of light and allow squid to spot moving prey and incoming predators even in places with very little light, like a deep reef. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #cephalopodweek #bigfinreefsquid #lookdeeplyintomyeye #allthebettertoseayouwith

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We aren’t squidding when we say that cephalopods are clearly radula! A bigfin reef squid’s mantle, arms and tentacles are so transparent that you can actually see parts of its anatomy. For example, that little black dot between and just below its eyes is its beak, and you can see its digestive tract and ink sac inside its mantle! #montereybayaquarium #cephalopodweek #wecansearightthroughyou #justsquidding #wethinkyoureinkredible

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🚨WE INTERRUPT YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED CEPHALOPOD WEEK CONTENT WITH AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT🚨 Selka the sea otter turns seven today! 🎉 Let's give a round of apaws to this feisty and fabulous furball as she makes another lap around the sunfish. #montereybayaquarium #seaotter #cephalopartycrashers #pleasesendextrabirthdayclams

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No cephalobration is complete without a stumpy cuttlefish collage 😍😍😍 These lumpy bumpy little hovercrafts float effortlessly in the water column thanks to internal shells called cuttlebones. By changing the amount of gas or liquid in this chambered floatation device, cuttlefish can move up or down in the water column with ease! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #cephalopodweek #cuttlepuddle #cutethulhu #thehashtagsforthisposthadusstumpyed #cuttlefishreallyrisetotheoccasion

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Here’s a question we get a lot from The Internet: “What is the plural of octopus? Octopuses? Octopi? Or is it like sheep—1 or 36 octopus?” Excellent question, Internet! The original Greek word was “oktōpous” which was latinized/modernized to “octopus.“ Because of this Greek root, the original plural is “octopodes” (oktṓpodes). However, the most common plural form in English is “octopuses,” which is what we use here at the Aquarium. The plural “octopi” comes from the incorrect assumption that “octopus” is a Latin word. But, it’s so popular that it’s in the dictionary, and even though it’s not technically correct, it still gets the point across that you’re potentially dealing with several octopuses, so go for it if that’s what works for you. Tl;dr: “Octopuses” is the plural we use here at the Aquarium, “octopodes” if you’re texting Poseidon, and “octopi” also works, especially when ordering eight desserts. #montereybayaquarium #cephalopodsoctopiourthreehearts #orangeyougladwedidntsaybanana

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Ever wonder what an octopus feels like? Well, they're slightly squishy, but also quite strong and muscley. They also somehow feel velvety and slippery at the same time. Their suction cups are really strong and grippy! Cephalopods, including octopuses, are mollusks, close cousins to slugs, snails, mussels and scallops. An octopus is a little like a normal mollusk turned inside-out! It has a soft body, and its shell has been reduced to two small plates where its head muscles anchor, plus a powerful, parrot-like beak. #montereybayaquarium #cephalopodweek #cephalopodsarehappyasaclam #shellyeah

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⠀Many deep-sea animals have specialized eyes for seeing in the dim light. The cockatoo squid, Taonius sp., spotted by our colleagues @mbari_news, has large eyes bulging from its head and photophores, or light organs, under the eyes. They are found in the deep midwater below 300 meters, often hanging motionless with their arms above their body. ⠀ #montereybayaquarium #mbari #mbarisaturdays #mywhatbigeyesyouhave #cephalopodweek #theeyeshaveit

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The most inkredible week of the year has arrived! Happy Cephalopod Week! 🐙🦑🎉 #montereybayaquarium #cephalopodweek #itsacephalobration! #thesearesomeseariouslyradulaanimals

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Cephalopod Week starts tomorrow! Follow along as we tell the tales of these mighty mollusks. AND we have an email series for you filled to the beak with cephalopod fun facts! Link in the profile 🐙 #montereybayaquarium #jointhecephalobration

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Summer’s here and so are the plovers! ☀️🎉😍 From March through September, these adorable (but threatened) avians snuggle into depressions in the sand to lay their eggs and raise their chicks. You can help keep them and other shorebirds safe next time you’re enjoying some fun in the sun by keeping your four-legged friends on a leash, staying out of areas that are blocked off as bird nesting sites and keeping beaches clean by picking up trash that might attract plover predators. Thanks for doing your part to help these plucky shorebirds enjoy their beach-house too! #montereybayaquarium #snowyplover #smolbirb #cottonballwithlegs #theoriginaltweeter™️

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A moment of sea-lestial wonder from many moons a-go ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In case you missed it: We have a new moon jelly cam! Follow the link in our profile to tune in and drift along 😌 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #montereybayaquarium #moonjellies #😍🌕🌌 #thisisajellyfilledmomentyoudonutwanttomiss

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Happy World Oceans Day from us here at the Aquarium. Thanks to you and the rest of the ocean-minded community, we’re hard at work advancing our mission to inspire conservation of the ocean. The challenges facing the marine environment, the heart of our planet’s life support system, are many. Earlier this week, we published a paper with our colleagues @MBARI_news showing the deep impact of plastic pollution on our beloved Monterey Bay. We discovered that microplastics permeate our corner of the ocean, from the surface to the seafloor, in concentrations often greater than the famed “Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch.” If you’re anything like us, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the work at hand. It’s a daily discussion here at the Aquarium: “These problems are so big, so systemic, so powerful—what exactly can *we* do about them?” And that’s when we’re humbled to look up and see so many people dedicated to bringing about a more sustainable future. The story of microplastics in our backyard confirms what many of you are speaking out for in your communities: We must produce less plastic globally, and we must use less plastic collectively, to preserve the marine environment and the people that depend on it. We once burned whale oil to light city streets. We don’t anymore. A hundred years later and now we know that we can’t rely on fossil fuels to power the world. Now, just as then, there is a better solution. Plastic has saved lives and transformed how we live, a lot for the better. And now that we know how single-use plastic is harming our world, once again a course correction is needed. Cultural momentum is shifting. Individuals are adjusting, communities are organizing, and nations are investing in a cleaner future. As long as we continue to learn and to embrace the change our advancing knowledge demands of us, there’s a bright future ahead. We’re proud and honored to be on this journey with you all in the ocean-minded community. You make our work and mission possible. Thank you, and Happy #WorldOceansDay. Onward! #montereybayaquarium #wegotthis

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Big science news today: The planet’s plastic problem is in our backyard. A new study from the Aquarium and our colleagues at the @mbari_news shows that plastic pollution is present throughout the depths of Monterey Bay. Microplastics—tiny particles of plastic that washed into the ocean from land—were found in concentrations greater than the famous "Great Pacific Garbage Patch” from the surface to the deep seafloor, and even inside key animals in the food web, like larvaceans and pelagic red crabs. This plastic pollution came from objects familiar to all of us—most of the microplastic found started as consumer products like plastic water bottles. And that’s the good news! It means that by pushing to produce and use less plastic, our communities can make a difference for the ocean! You can read more about it on our link in profile and/or our new video over on IGTV. Thanks for being a part of the ocean-minded community everyone! Together, we are making a difference. Onward for the ocean! #montereybayaquarium #mbari #microplastics #plasticpollution #ahopefulhashtag #adeterminedhashtag #amotivationalhashtag #wegotthis💪🌊❤️

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Our Kelp Forest exhibit: A living window into the algal cathedrals of the California coast #montereybayaquarium #sealestialwonder #grownjeweloftheaquarium #sunsoutfunsprouts

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Those humps, those lumps, those lovely jelly bumps—check 'emOWWW! Skimming the surface of this purple-striped jelly, you'll find it's devilish in the details. The surface of the bell is covered in petite pimples packed with the powerful punch of stinging nematocysts, just like the ones found in the jelly's trailing tentacles 😱 #montereybayaquarium #yepthatsrightthetopstingstoo #nematocystemofadOWn #outofcnidosight #cnidyknight #chrysaoracoloratatafornow

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The Garibaldi: A gloriously golden damselfish that tends to its own garden and barks at its detractors. A more perfect fit for California's State Marine Fish may never be found. #montereybayaquarium #garibaldiinthespotlight #notadamsefishindistress #someotherhypsypopcornypun

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Our colleagues @mbari_news are conducting an amazing experiment this week in Monterey Bay. Check it out at our link in profile and read more below! ・・・ Each night, while cities sleep and children dream, the ocean comes alive. . Billions of critters make their way toward the surface in search of food, counting on the cover of darkness to keep them safe from hungry predators. This daily commute by tiny animals such as copepods, krill, and fish is known as diurnal vertical migration. It is the largest migration on Earth. MBARI researchers are embarking on a week-long voyage to uncover the mysteries of this migration in a Controlled, Agile, and Novel Observing Network (CANON) experiment. This year’s CANON experiment will use underwater robots to examine these migrating animals during their sprint to the ocean surface. Learn more about it on our website mbari.org or at the link in bio! Illustration by Kelly Lance. #montereybayaquarium #MBARI #CANON2019 #watchout #abouttoscience #datatafornow

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OMG IT'S WORLD OTTER DAY!!!!! 😍 #montereybayaquarium #seaotter #worldotterday #omg #omgomgomg #itshere!!!

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A krill's worst nightmare 🦐😱 A humpback whale's dream 🐋😋 #montereybayaquarium #joiedeanchovievre #sardinersready #ifawhaleeatsschoolingfishisitonanerudiet?

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This Memorial Day we remember the sacrifices of those who served. #montereybayaquarium

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Happy Friday! Hope your week went swimmingly 🌊☀️🐟 #montereybayaquarium #molamola #oceansunfish #herewithalittleoceansunfishshinetobrightenyourfeed #gettingreadyforthelongmolidaeweekend

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It’s #WorldTurtleDay! Let’s take a moment of appreciocean to shellebrate the terrific turtles we share our planet with. #montereybayaquarium #turtleyawesome #exitbuddy #🐢❤️

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Moon jelly danger noodles 😈🍝 A delicate fringe of stinging nematocyst-covered tentacles serves up a heaping helping of devil’s hair pasta for passing plankton. #montereybayaquarium #moonjelly #thesenoodleshavesomebitetothem #copepodsareantithispasti #aureliadyandthetramp

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#MBARImondays is upon us again! Let’s deep sea what @mbari_news has found lately: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Deep Sea. 🛸💫 ⁣ In the deep-sea, gelatinous organisms can take many strange forms. The bell of this Deepstaria reticulum spreads out wide like a thin, translucent bed sheet and is used to capture prey by trapping animals inside. One crafty crustacean, a marine isopod in the genus, Anuropus, can sneak inside and live in the jelly’s bell. Marine isopods are relatives of the pill bugs you might see in your garden, except these grow to seven centimeters or almost three inches, in length. This particular species always seems to be crawling inside the bell of a Deepstaria jelly, and they haven’t been found on any other species yet. Like most crustacean parasites of jellyfish, Anuropus probably damages the jelly somewhat, but it can't be too aggressive or it would eat itself out of it’s hiding place. Researchers suspect that these hitchhikers may also eat some of the food that the jelly captures.⁣ ⁣ #montereybayaquarium #mbari #innerspaceofplanetocean #deepstariastarksailingofftotheResteros #letsgethitchedhiker #jellyfilling

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Live look at our #SeaweedSunday/GoT watch party. #montereybayaquarium #thelastthingakelpisopodseesinitsfinale #theseñoritawrassesjustwantedtocleanthecamera😅 #downinfront!

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Endangered species are a powerful reminder of the richness of life that we can still pass on to the next generation when we take action for our planet. By protecting healthy ecosystems, leading in our communities and supporting like-minded organizations, we can ensure that these endangered animals and many more will recover to become a permanent part of our living world. #montereybayaquarium #endangeredspeciesday #seaotter #scallopedhammerheadshark #giantseabass #africanpenguin #theendangeredspeciesactisofishiallyanotterlypawesomefintasticpengWINfortheplanet

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Ravishing and resplendent in outstanding orange and radiant rose, a fish-eating anemone awaits its next feast, festive and fiery atop a rocky reef in a cool blue Monterey Bay. #montereybayaquarium #fisheatingseaanemone #youanemoneedtocheckthisout #rememberanemonefrondly

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Currently listening to Pneumacyst Stem Of Not A Down 🎶 If you're anything like giant kelp, you may need your own floaties to stay on the surface! These buoyant bulbs, known as pneumatocysts, are filled with oxygen from photosynthesis, carbon dioxide from cell respiration and a little carbon monoxide from incomplete combustion of sugars. The pneumatocysts float the kelp plant to the sea surface to help form a living canopy of veggie solar-panels that power the kelp forest. There's a lot of fresh kelp growing up around the Monterey Bay at the moment! ☀️🌊🌿 #montereybayaquarium #ohbuoy #radiatingpositivitywithyourbuoyantpersonality #aparadeoffloats

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It’s time for another #MBARImondays! This black sea devil anglerfish lady, found by @mbari_news, caught our imaginocean hook, line and sinker. Let’s find out more about her, shall we? ⁣⬇️ This deep-sea anglerfish, Melanocetus, lives in the deep, dark waters of the Monterey Canyon. Anglers have a remarkable apparatus on their heads—a fishing pole with a luminous lure, or esca, at the tip. This light, produced by bioluminescent bacteria, attracts prey toward the angler’s mouth. Once a fish or a squid swims close enough, it is quickly inhaled by the angler’s huge mouth and trapped by its long, sharp teeth. MBARI researchers using the remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts observed this anglerfish about 580 meters (1,900 feet) below the surface of Monterey Bay.⁣ #montereybayaquarium #mbari #deepsea #anglerfish #deepseafolklure #acuteanglerfish #carefulthisnightlight

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Moms have our seal of approval ❤️ #montereybayaquarium #happymothersday #sleepyseasausages #likemomlikepup #sealedwithanawwwww

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Are you red knot entertained? #montereybayaquarium #WorldMigratoryBirdDay #theywillfly9000miles #andtheywillfly9000more #justtobethebirdthatflies18000milesalongtheAtlanticshore #welltechnicallyitsmorelike19000milesbutjustflywithit #dadadada!

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Stepping on a Lego, as told by the bluespotted jawfish #montereybayaquarium #oh #ohno #yepijust #OOOWW

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What an orcasion! Several orca pods have been active around the Monterey Bay the last few weeks, some going after this year's salmon run, and others hunting marine mammals like gray whale calves and elephant seals. The yearly arrival of the panda dolphins always coincides with drama on the high seas, as migrating animals attempt to evade the ocean's tippy-top predator. 📷1️⃣ @connorgallagherproductions 📷2️⃣ @hiimjoe88 #montereybayaquarium #orca #pandadolphin #orcaliforniadreamin #whatsthenameofakillerwhalephilosopher #sorcatese #killerjokedad #🐼🐬