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New Study Finds Microplastic Throughout Monterey Bay; Concentrations Are Greater Than at Surface of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”

Microplastic particles are not only common from the surface to the seafloor, but they're also being eaten by animals such as giant larvaceans and pelagic red crabs and incorporated into marine food webs.

Jun 06, 2019

Many people have heard of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” a vast area of ocean between California and Hawaii where ocean currents concentrate plastic pollution. However, it turns out there may also be a lot of plastic far below the ocean’s...

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Death of Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Gidget Caused by Rapid-Onset of Sarcocystis Infection

Southern sea otter Gidget in the Sea Otter exhibit. ©Monterey Bay Aquarium

May 17, 2019

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has determined that the rapid onset of an acute Sarcocystis neurona infection caused the death in February of Gidget, a 10-year-old female sea otter who was a popular member of the Sea Otter Exhibit and played an...

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Opens Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership; Expands Free Education Programs

Rooftop garden of Monterey Bay Aquarium's Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership

May 09, 2019

The $42 million, environmentally sustainable, 25,000‐square‐foot Bechtel Education Center houses the aquarium’s free education programs, allowing hands‐on experiences for all visiting school groups and doubling the number of teens and teachers it can serve.

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