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Study Finds White Sharks Flee Feeding Areas When Orcas Present

Orca swimming in Monterey Bay.

Apr 16, 2019

Research from Monterey Bay Aquarium and partner institutions finds that great white sharks will immediately vacate their preferred hunting ground when confronted by orcas and will not return for up to a year.

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National Portrait Gallery Announces Newly Commissioned Portrait of Ocean Conservation Leader Julie Packard by Artist Hope Gangloff

Portrait of Monterey Bay Aquairum Executive Director Julie Packard by Artist Hope Gangloff, acrylic on canvas, 2019

Apr 10, 2019

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced the premiere of a newly commissioned painting of Julie Packard, a leading figure in science and ocean conservation and the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, that will be displayed April 2019 through November 2020.

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Historical Trade of Tortoiseshell Reveals Origins of Modern Wildlife Trafficking Networks

Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers studied the historical trade of tortoiseshell made from the carapaces of hawksbill turtles like the one pictured, which was photographed during a necropsy in Hawaii.

Mar 28, 2019

Monterey Bay Aquarium research finds that historical tortoiseshell trade routes may have established the groundwork for modern illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and concludes that the tortoiseshell trade harvested nine million turtles, more than six times previous estimates.

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