Prototype shark-cam tag

In 2015, researchers tested a prototype of their shark-cam tag on white sharks in South Africa.
Researchers design new camera tag for white sharks

Each winter, large white sharks leave the California coast and swim halfway to Hawaii, congregating in an area known as the “White Shark Café.” By attaching a miniature video camera tag to a white shark’s fin, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) hope to collect video footage that shows—for the first time ever—exactly what the sharks are doing out there.
Two sea cuccumbers feeding at Station M

Deep-sea feasts tied to sea cucumber population booms

The muddy abyssal plains are dark and cold and there’s usually not much for animals to eat. However, large pulses of food may reach the deep seafloor every decade or two. A recent paper shows that some sea cucumbers may experience huge population booms following these deep-sea “feasts.”

MBARI welcomes two new senior managers

In late 2015, MBARI hired Michael Kelly as Director of Marine Operations and Basilio Martinez as Chief Financial Officer. These individuals will replace senior MBARI staff who are retiring.

MBARI 2015 Annual Report published

This unusual hydrothermal vent is one of many discoveries from a Gulf of California expedition highlighted in the 2015 Annual Report. The publication also features several science and engineering projects conducted close to home in Monterey Bay and includes a preview of some of the institute's emerging technologies.