Monthly Archives: June 2012

Are Basket Stars, Sea Stars?

The basket star, Gorgonocephalus eucnemis, is basically a fancy brittle star. After attaching to a rock or other firm substrate, an adult basket star will spread its five intricately branched arms into the water to catch tiny zooplankton (crustaceans, arrow more »

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The Importance of Coral Reefs

Would you ever mistake a coral for a jellyfish? Probably not. Yet corals are related to jellies, as well as to other invertebrates such as sea anemones and sea pens. There are thousands of varieties of coral and one of more »

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Look Down Below - Wild Moon Jellies!

“Look down over the railing to see the wild moon jellies. They are the same species we have in the Aquarium,” volunteers said to a group of visitors enjoying the sunshine on Pier 60 last Friday (June 15, 2012). In more »

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You Can Help Prevent Plastic From Harming Marine Wildlife

June 8th is World Ocean Day, the UN-designated day for the global community to celebrate and take action for our shared ocean. One of the greatest threats to the ocean is also one of the most insidious because chances are more »

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Cuttlefish Camouflage

Our cuttlefish in the Ocean Oddities exhibit can often be found under the soft corals and anemones in their enclosure, but last week two of them were perched atop these two cnidarians. Although capable of matching their surroundings, both animals more »

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