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Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Gidget

Southern sea otter Gidget in Monterey Bay Aquarium's sea otter exhibit.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Gidget Has Died

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is deeply saddened to announce the death of Gidget, a 10-year-old female sea otter who was a popular member of the sea otter exhibit and surrogacy program. Her DNA was also used to sequence the sea otter genome.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium Shark Researcher Awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Study Sharks, Rays in Galápagos

Monterey Bay Aquarium research scientist Dr. Salvador Jorgensen has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to study threats facing vulnerable shark and ray species in Ecuador’s biologically rich Galápagos Islands.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium's blue whale art installation co-artist Joel Dean Stockdill

Joel Dean Stockdill, co-creator of Monterey Bay Aquarium's life-sized blue whale art installation made out of recycled single-use plastic, inspects one of the 750 panels that composes it. 

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Monterey Bay Aquarium's blue whale art installation co-artist Yustina Salnikova

Yustina Salnikova, co-creator of Monterey Bay Aquarium's life-sized blue whale art installation made out of recycled single-use plastic, sorts through plastic trash during the inital building stages. The plastic panels that compose a majority of the whale’s exterior are made from hand-recycled type #2 plastic (HDPE).

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Tiles made from hand-recycled plastic that compose Monterey Bay Aquarium's blue whale art installation

Artists Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova hand-recycled plastic to create the 750 panels that compose a majority of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's blue whale art installation's exterior.

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Molding a tile made from hand-recycled plastic that compose Monterey Bay Aquarium's blue whale art installation

Artists Joel Dean Stockdill and Yustina Salnikova hand-recycled plastic to create the 750 panels that compose a majority of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's blue whale art installation's exterior. One plastic panel is made up of four cookie trays of melted plastic and weighs about 4.5 to 5 pounds.

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