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Don’t want #CephalopodWeek to end? Check out our Tentacles Pinterest board for inspiration to keep the cephalo-bration going all year!
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Are these visitors from another planet? Our bigfin reef squid were hatched and raised at the Aquarium, but their shimmering displays and flitting fins make them seem otherworldly. Like many cephalopods, these squid use pigmented skin cells, called chromatophores, to change color and pattern.
We have a new visitor from the deep in our Tentacles special exhibition: the cock-eyed squid!
True to its name, this squid has two differently-sized eyes, one much larger than the other. Scientists think the larger eye detects faint light that filters down from above, and the smaller one spots bioluminescence generated in the deep.
Like a giant strawberry, the cock-eyed squid’s bright red body is covered in tiny spots. But instead of seeds, these spots are photophores—organs that produce light. Photophores can be fine-tuned to match light from above, allowing the cock-eyed squid to become nearly invisible, or may be used to attract mates and curious prey.
Thanks to a collaboration with our partners at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), you can be one of the first people in the world to get eye-to-eye with this incredible animal while we help MBARI scientists learn more about a little-known deep-sea species. Like many cephalopods, the cock-eyed squid can be fragile and short-lived, so we encourage you to visit soon and check it out!
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(First photo: Steven Haddock (c) 2000 MBARI, Others: MBARI)
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!
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.
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Home sweet home! Watch our veined octopus set up camp in a glass jar.
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