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Crazy eights! Learn how our clever staff cares for many-armed cephalopods in our new #Tentacles exhibit.
An Ancient Fascination
Octopuses and their kin, sea creatures known collectively as cephalopods, have grabbed hold of our collective imagination for thousands of years.
We share this fascination as manifested in art, literature and contemporary culture in “Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.” Highlights include:
- A steampunk-style sculpture made from raised copper and brass with glass in the Japanese technique called “Tankin.”
- Ancient Minoan pottery replicas painted with cephalopod designs.
- An illustration from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
- A drawing of octopuses attacking a fleet of ships, depicted as fact by a French naturalist in 1803.
- A highly detailed drawing of cephalopods by famed naturalist Ernst Haeckel.
- Glass models of squid and octopuses by father-son team of Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka.
- A replica of the famous abstract work, The Birth of the Cephalopods, by Mark Rothko.
- A dramatic depiction of a sea of ammonites 73 million years ago.
- The intriguing yet slightly disturbing image of Contessa with Squid by Omar Rayyan.
- Cephalopod tattoo art.
We also commissioned San Francisco Bay Area artist Nemo Gould to create three kinetic sculptures for “Tentacles” using found objects. Gould has transformed a jumble of junk into delightful dioramas that carry conservation messages delivered through a sense of wonderment.
“Tentacles" opens April 12.
Gong Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese New Year to all!
To all our friends celebrating the start of the Year of the Horse, our best wishes for a fulfilling new year!
Since red is the traditional color of the new year, what better animal to feature than this yellow (yellow?) seahorse, Hippocampus kuda, which you can see in our Splash Zone exhibit galleries. Despite the name, yellow seahorses come in a variety of colors, including reddish-orange, yellow and even black.
(If you’re feeling especially prosperous, consider giving those you love a bright red Monterey Bay Aquarium gift card to start the year.)
Photo © Monterey Bay Aquarium - Randy Wilder
Can you find the sea otter mom and pup in all the photos? We’re so lucky to have an area like this where animals can come in with the tides, help educate our guests about the wonders of Monterey Bay, then return to their natural home. (The pair was with us for just a day last week.)
(Monterey Bay Aquarium/Tyson Rininger)
And on the final day of Christmas?
Twelve Fish a’ Flashing
Eleven Puffins Preening
Ten Blennies Leaping
Six Penguins Prancing
Five Otter Antics
Four Kelp Fronds Floating
Three Babies Bubbling
Two Turtles Touching
And a Mola that’s Been Set Free!