Showing posts tagged as "cephalopods"
How many colors can you count on this kaleidoscopic bigfin reef squid? Like many cephalopods, they shift colors to attract mates or intimidate competition. You’ll never see the same pattern twice!
My, what an ancient shell you have! The nautilus is a living link to the past—this cousin of the octopus hasn’t changed much in 150 million years. To control its buoyancy, the nautilus pumps fluids in and out its shell chambers, which are connected by tubes called “siphuncles.”
Wave your tentacles in the air! Cephalopod Awareness Days start today, October 8. Meet many-armed denizens of the deep in our Tentacles exhibition—and try to count all the suckers on our giant Pacific octopus!
(Photo: Charlene Boarts)
Pharaoh cuttlefish are back on exhibit! These master color changers can rapidly display metallic blues, greens, golds and silvers for camouflage, communication or courtship. Pharaoh cuttlefish can reach 16 inches and weigh 11 pounds!
Learn more about our Tentacles exhibit
Happy #FanFriday! We’re all about offering a welcoming space for kids with different abilities to engage with the ocean. Recently Henry and Catherine, cephalopod super fans with autism, visited with their parents and shared their experience with us.
“Henry is so inspired to grow up and be a cuttlefish scientist,” said mom Christine. “I really don’t have words for how important this visit was for him and how much it could actually influence his life in a truly meaningful, ongoing way.”
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(Photos: Christine Rogers)
Miss these masters of disguise? We did! Glad to say we once again have pharaoh cuttlefish on exhibit in Tentacles.
Learn more about this special exhibition
"Most people go their whole lives without seeing them or coming to understand their beauty, quirkiness and braininess."
Vampire (Squid) Diaries
Fear this? Maybe not. The vampire squid has a scary name but just eats dead stuff. With help from our colleagues at MBARI, we just added a huge, 12-inch “vamp” to our Tentacles exhibit!
The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) is an ancient animal that lives in deep tropical and temperate waters—like the Monterey submarine canyon. Despite its sinister appearance—and its name, which means “vampire squid from hell”—this animal is a scavenger. Look closely to see its thin feeding filament. This sticky tentacle catches “marine snow” that rains down from above: a mixture of poop, dead animal parts and mucus.
Learn more about Tentacles
(Thanks to staffer Patrick Webster for the great photos)
Raising awareness, one image at a time
We know that beautiful images can move people in profound ways to act on behalf of animals.
The stark black and white backgrounds equalize the animals’ importance, whether the largest elephant or the smallest insect.
"By isolating animals on black and white backgrounds, we can look them directly in the eye and quickly see that these creatures contain beauty, grace and intelligence. Perhaps some even hold the key to our very salvation," Joel says.
At the Aquarium
We had the honor of hosting Joel recently for two fun and frenetic days as he photographed birds, fish, cephalopods and invertebrates. Joel’s hardworking staff is busy processing thousands of images he shot here and elsewhere, but we’ll soon share more of ours — plus what it’s like to work with Joel, a dozen aquarists, two other photographers and 30 critters parading in and out of one room.
In the meantime please support Joel by liking his Facebook page. To date Joel has documented nearly 4,000 animals for the Photo Ark and won’t stop until he gets them all — and you can help!
World’s best mom? Researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute observed this deep-sea octopus brooding eggs for over four years—longer than any known animal. Watch this extreme parenting in action!