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Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : ""The sea is as near as we come to another world."
- Anne Stevenson #montereybayaquarium #theresnoplacelikehome 📷🙏@em1337" at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1848370243430249394

"The sea is as near as we come to another world." - Anne Stevenson 📷🙏@em1337

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Are you sitting down? Get comfy, this one's a doozy: • These are photos of salps—filter-feeding, gelatinous drifters. • Their scientific name is Thetys vagina. • Vagina salps come in two morphs: solitary (📸 1) and chains (📸 2) • Solitary salps produce the chains asexually—you can see a rope of clones—the stolon—forming in the salp's "belly," each small orb being the gut of one salp in the budding chain. • Chains of the clonal individuals can be tens of feet long. The chain here was about 3 feet long. • The chains reproduce sexually, beginning life as females and producing eggs. • When the female chain has been fertilized by a male chain and the solitary salps produced, the female chain then becomes a male chain and will fertilize younger female chains. • Known as "alternation of generations," this type of reproductive strategy is thought to help salps explode in numbers when conditions are right. • Salps may be crucial to the carbon cycle and regulating the climate, as their poo pellets sink carbon into the deep sea. FAQ: • We know—supposedly they were named when "vagina" just meant "sheath" and not applied to anatomy yet but idk 🤷‍♂️ • "Thetys" refers to a Greek sea goddess. "Tethys" was Titan of fresh water. • They don't sting! They're closer to fishes and people than to jellyfish! • Both of these photos were taken by local photographer Joe Platko along Cannery Row this week. • This has been a public service announcement about the alternation of generations and sequential hermaphroditism in Thetys vagina salps. Thank you for reading. 🥃

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Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Now that's a tasteful nude: A three-lined aeolid nudibranch sea slug assesses the scene atop a ruby red bunch of beautif" at Monterey, California - 1846063075456525583

Now that's a tasteful nude: A three-lined aeolid nudibranch sea slug assesses the scene atop a ruby red bunch of beautiful bryozoans. 📸 @ho_desmond

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "We know the Monterey Bay is a preserve, but this is just ridiculous! A massive swarm of jellies washed up along Monterey" at Del Monte Beach, Monterey - 1845967360575250987

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 s p i c y salsa! 🌊🌶🔥 Everyone, please give a big shoutout to local photographer @mansonfotos for enduring stings until her teeth hurt while taking this photo! 🤦‍♀️♨️

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Purple-striped jellies are drifting in full force in the Monterey Bay right now, allowing us to enrich the genetics of o" at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1845345302124254122

Purple-striped jellies are drifting in full force in the Monterey Bay right now, allowing us to enrich the genetics of our homegrown collection. Our jelly aquarists were the first to culture this striking local species in the late 90s, and they’re positively radiant at the moment. Thanks to guest @liz_lens for the snap!

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "OK, now THAT's excit-ctene! Our jelly aquarist extraordinaire MacKenzie is at sea with @mbari_news to study deep-sea jel" at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute - 1845219460144566203

OK, now THAT's excit-ctene! Our jelly aquarist extraordinaire MacKenzie is at sea with @mbari_news to study deep-sea jellies, including this *huge* and undescribed Aulacoctena ctenophore comb jelly! MacKenzie joins a team from @hopkinsmarinestation and @smithsoniannmnh to study deep sea life. They'll be at sea for the next week, so check out their expedition blog in our profile link!

image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Thanks to @mbari_news for the 📷 and deep-sea 📚!
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People often ask our deep-sea biologists how often they see a new sp" - 1843305182617616223
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Thanks to @mbari_news for the 📷 and deep-sea 📚! ... People often ask our deep-sea biologists how often they see a new species. The answer is often! There are countless species yet to be described in the deep sea. This little jelly is a perfect example. Only a few centimeters in diameters, it could easily be passed over by our underwater robots on a mission! But this one was seen swimming not far off the bottom 3,150 meters (>10,000 feet) deep in the Gulf of California and our biologists took the time to get a few close-up shots in hopes that it may help in the identification at a later date. ⠀ ⠀ We often talk about the importance of biodiversity in the ocean. One key element of biodiversity is how many different species live in a particular area. But in the deep sea, understanding biodiversity is difficult because so many species have yet to be given formal scientific names. Some animals, like this one, are so inconspicuous that they barely rate a nod from specialists in the field. But big or small, all of them contribute to our overall knowledge of biodiversity in the deep sea.⠀

image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Pelagic cormorant with the extra feathers-in-the-water flair. 👌 Cormorants are nesting all up and down Cannery Row at th" - 1842398100162741317
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Pelagic cormorant with the extra feathers-in-the-water flair. 👌 Cormorants are nesting all up and down Cannery Row at the moment, including below our decks! They’ve even been inspecting local divers to see if they happen to have any stray nesting materials... careful you don’t look too cozy out there!

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Here comes the sun! Rey the Penguin making an entrance warms our hearts every time. ☀️🐧❤️ #montereybayaquarium #ourlittl" at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1841569353071189942

Here comes the sun! Rey the Penguin making an entrance warms our hearts every time. ☀️🐧❤️

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "...life in its jewel boxes is endless as the sand.
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One of the prettiest and most colorful species of sea" at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1840873094907792915

...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.