The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center – a free museum located in Santa Cruz’s beach area dedicated to the marine life which calls the sanctuary home – has a new permanent exhibit which employs the sense of sound to tell the story of this national treasure. The exhibit features deep sea recordings collected by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. An interactive soundboard allows visitors to experience how sounds by wildlife, natural events and human activity blend together in the ocean. Through sound, researchers have detected rare animals in Monterey Bay that they didn’t know were there, such as the pygmy sperm whale. Another observation – that male humpback whales sing throughout the year – suggests that these songs may not be solely for mating, but may have other social and navigational uses. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the second largest in the US, and covers 5,322-square miles of ocean: nearly a quarter of the California Coastline.
October 16, 2019