Deep-sea squid: elusive, mysterious and parental? While some squid in the open ocean release their eggs to drift in the water column, our research partners at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have discovered a deep-sea squid (Bathyteuthis berryi) that broods her eggs in a sheet attached to her body! It’s the second known instance of parental care in squid. Watch MBARI’s latest video for some amazing footage!

Caution: splash zone! This #ThrowbackThursday photo captures a soggy moment between our giant Pacific octopus and Randy Hamilton, now vice president of husbandry. Giant Pacific octopus recognize and interact with staff—and can use their powerful siphons to their advantage! Learn more 

Caution: splash zone! This #ThrowbackThursday photo captures a soggy moment between our giant Pacific octopus and Randy Hamilton, now vice president of husbandry. Giant Pacific octopus recognize and interact with staff—and can use their powerful siphons to their advantage! 

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Missed the start of #CephalopodWeek? Catch up with this cephalopod video triple feature from Science Friday! Get a glimpse behind the scenes of the Aquarium and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and see how we culture cuttlefish and study mysterious vampire squid.

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But wait—there’s more! Tune in to Science Friday tomorrow—part of the radio broadcast will feature the ocean’s most mysterious multi-armed family.

True fact: the octopus is popular! We had a great time working with Ze Frank when he created his video, “True Facts About the Octopus”. In the three months since its debut, it has rocketed up the charts: more than 4 million views and climbing! 

Soon it will pass “True Facts About the Mantis Shrimp" (featuring another colorful character you’ll find in our exhibit galleries). After that? The tarsir, then sloths. Watch out, Sad Cat Diary: The Octopus is on its way!  

Tentacles on the tracks! An eight-armed surprise awaits Bay Area commuters when they board Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains this summer. The Aquarium has five octopus-themed cars in circulation—look for them on all BART lines!

In addition to adding color and fun to the daily commute, the Aquarium is underwriting free transportation on BART so that 40,000 school children can take field trips anywhere BART trains travel. BART Board Vice President Tom Blalock helped unveil the Tentacles cars. He was joined by another Aquarium summer attraction: an octopus puppet that will appear at concerts, festivals and sporting events throughout the region.

Share your love of #MBATentacles and you could win!

Home sweet home! Watch our veined octopus set up camp in a glass jar.

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How are you celebrating summer? Join us July 10 for our Picnic by the Bay Member’s Night! Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy an ocean view or your favorite exhibit while dining.
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How are you celebrating summer? Join us July 10 for our Picnic by the Bay Member’s Night! Bring your own picnic dinner and enjoy an ocean view or your favorite exhibit while dining.

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Are you an octopus admirer? Squid supporter? Cuttlefish crusader? Then get ready for #CephalopodWeek! This week we’re joining Science Friday, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and others to bring you the latest and greatest stories from the tentacled world.Watch this epic introduction to our Tentacles exhibition

Are you an octopus admirer? Squid supporter? Cuttlefish crusader? Then get ready for #CephalopodWeek! This week we’re joining Science Friday, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and others to bring you the latest and greatest stories from the tentacled world.

Watch this epic introduction to our Tentacles exhibition

Starts today! Share your love of #MBATentacles on Instagram or Twitter and you could win one of eight packs of eight tickets to the Aquarium! Learn more
(Photo: @adventureswithrein)

Starts today! Share your love of #MBATentacles on Instagram or Twitter and you could win one of eight packs of eight tickets to the Aquarium! 

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(Photo: @adventureswithrein)

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Behold our amazing South American sea nettles! Enjoy these bright beauties all day with our free wallpaper for your computer or smartphone.

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The Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of a world-famous coastline, is your window to the wonders of the ocean. It’s located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and is open daily except Christmas Day.

For more information about our animals and exhibits, and to view our live web cams, please visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.

Hours of operation vary by season. Daily schedules and tickets are available on our website or by calling
(831) 648-4800.