No one told this ocean sunfish about falling back for daylight saving time on Sunday—it shines brightly all day long! 🌞 A new Mola mola joined us about a month ago and is growing fast—once it outgrows its home here, it'll be released back out into the wild. Take a minute to marvel at the majesty of the newest fin-tastic addition to our fishy family! #montereybayaquarium#letthesunfishshine#molatime#itsababywhalebro
Well, well, well, look who we have here… Pelagic red crabs (Pleuroncodes planipes), also known as tuna crabs or lobster krill, is a species of squat lobster typically found off of Southern and Baja California. Originally described from Monterey around 1860, they are mentioned repeatedly in Steinbeck and Ricketts’s Log from the Sea Of Cortez. While the cause of these strandings is ultimately unknown—perhaps the crabs are cold-shocked or have run out of food—their arrival in Monterey Bay typically coincides with an El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). NOAA has those odds at 80% for this winter, and the ocean seems to agree! The last time the tuna crabs were here was during the 2015-16 ENSO, and before that they were spotted in the massive 1983 El Niño. If this stranding is any indication, there’s a good chance an ENSO tour bus has arrived this winter. In any case, welcome back Bloop Lords! #montereybayaquarium#pelagicredcrabs#atunatunacrabs#bowbeforeyourblooplords
We’re terrible at goodbyes! Our team gathered together to celebrate and send-off our Aquaculture Program Manager, Lisa Tucker, who has been an integral part our Seafood Watch team for the past 5 years. We wish you and your family the best on the East Coast!