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A choir of bell jellies!! Based on the reaction from yesterday’s beachcombing Story, we went back to @castateparks Asilomar State Beach to share our findings with Periscope and Facebook Live. After spending some time with various algae and moon jellies, we ventured down the beach only to find that Polyorchis bell jellies were also making their way around the Monterey Peninsula! Bell jellies are different from moon jellies—they’re a hydrozoan medusa, not a scyphozoan medusa. They’re crystal clear with filamentous guts and gonads, and with conspicuous red eyespots along the eye of their bell, earning them the name “red eye medusa.” There are a few more snaps added to our Story from their discovery this morning—you never know what you’ll find on the beach!

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Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Welcome tiny 🐧! The newest addition to our African penguin colony hatched on July 7, and is currently visible in the Spl" at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1825719881338561088

Welcome tiny 🐧! The newest addition to our African penguin colony hatched on July 7, and is currently visible in the Splash Zone gallery. The adorable chick will remain on exhibit with its parents until it becomes more mobile, then it will be moved behind the scenes for a few months. We don’t yet know the sex of the chick so stay tuned for updates!

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Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Good beautiful low tide morning from @castateparks’s Asilomar State Beach! #montereybayaquarium #littorallybeautiful #lo" at Asilomar State Beach - 1825624819350990992

Good beautiful low tide morning from @castateparks’s Asilomar State Beach!

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Caring for kelp requires sunlight, seawater and...vacuuming? Yep! Pieces of giant kelp and other seaweed slough off into" at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1825028066352495186

Caring for kelp requires sunlight, seawater and...vacuuming? Yep! Pieces of giant kelp and other seaweed slough off into the exhibit, which then gets slurped up and used for compost, or feeding kelp-eaters in other exhibits!

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Oh hey there! I know it’s Monday and the news is being The News right now, so I just wanted to distract you with the fac" at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1824926628460674046

Oh hey there! I know it’s Monday and the news is being The News right now, so I just wanted to distract you with the fact that I’m a Hermissenda nudibranch out here hustling to find hydroids or tunicates to munch on the rocky reef. Anyway that’s a little about me have a good one!

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Wild whipping blades of bull kelp catching the sun for #SeaweedSunday.
📷 @katevylet
#montereybayaquarium #searenity" at Carmel, California - 1824183124373539691
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Wild whipping blades of bull kelp catching the sun for . 📷 @katevylet

Attention beachcombers of the Pacific coast! Thetys vagina salps are here, they’re clear, and they’re washing up along the coast from Oregon to SoCal! They come in two variants: long chains of clones and solitary forms with long “tails.” (As we’re sure many of you are snickering behind your screens, apparently this animal was named when the term ‘vagina’ simply meant 'sheath’ before its application to human anatomy.) They’re the largest of the West Coast salp species. Salps are filter-feeding gelatinous animals related to sea squirts. As larvae, they have vertebrate characteristics, making them more closely related to fish and humans than to jellyfish! Photo 1: @hiimjoe88. A photographer snapping a shot of a clonal chain in Carmel Bay. Photo 2: @adingeldein. A solitary Thetys vagina salp with distinctive tails off the coast of Big Sur. Photos 3 and 4: @scubajonjake. Solitary and chain morph off Big Sur.

“Ok, say cheese!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “CHEESE!!!!” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 😮 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When your dinner is likely to dash, it’s good to make sure it sticks around. our colleagues @mbari_news have the down low on these pearly whites: The Pacific viperfish, Chauliodus macouni, has teeth so large that they don't fit in its mouth. Their huge jaw allows the mouth to open very wide to engulf prey, like shrimp and fish, while the teeth trap prey in the mouth. No need for you to be scared though, these fish live below 200 meters in the deep sea and are only about 1 foot long at most.⠀

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "A flashy seafloor Ferrari, prowling the derelict mudflats like Le Tigra. It's clear this zoo lander is winning its seafl" at Monterey, California - 1821397172102305367

A flashy seafloor Ferrari, prowling the derelict mudflats like Le Tigra. It's clear this zoo lander is winning its seafloor walk-off with a signature look: Blue Steel. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This opalecesnt nudibranch, Hermissenda opalescens, is one of Monterey Bay's most common nudibranch sea slugs—while also being one of its most dazzling. Thanks to local scientific diver and biologist @katevylet for the photo!

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Sure, there may be plenty more fish in the sea, but do not forget the ocean is also jelly-filled! Some estimates show th" at San Carlos Beach - 1820545682261195187
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Sure, there may be plenty more fish in the sea, but do not forget the ocean is also jelly-filled! Some estimates show that fully half of the ocean’s biomass could be made up of drifting, gelatinous animals—collectively known as “gelata.” Just as there’s a fish for nearly every role in the ocean, so too there is a jelly: predator, prey—and picturesque presence in the kelp forest. Here, @hiimjoe88 found a tense stand-off between gelata and gelativore blue rockfish @cityofmonterey’s San Carlos Beach, game recognizing game beneath the sea filled with colorful characters.

Instagram Image by Monterey Bay Aquarium (@montereybayaquarium) with caption : "Please enjoy this photo of a purple-striped jelly, Chrysaora colorata, taken by guest @maggie_azevedo. We certainly did." at Monterey Bay Aquarium - 1819972276587500924

Please enjoy this photo of a purple-striped jelly, Chrysaora colorata, taken by guest @maggie_azevedo. We certainly did. 😍♨️

Monty got a new profile pic! Look at that silvery-grey juvenile coat. So dapper. Both Monty and Poppy are continuing to thrive and explore our African penguin exhibit. Aviculturists report the duo is growing into playful, curious birds. 🐧🐧❤️❤️