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

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

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

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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Study Finds White Sharks Flee Feeding Areas When Orcas Present

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

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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