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Have you entered our sweeps? These captivating cephalopod creations may inspire you! Share your love of #MBATentacles with photos, art and impressions and you could win.

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Is it a Fish? A Snake? A Jelly? Actually, it’s a Mimic Octopus—and We Have One on Exhibit in Tentacles!

Ever wish you could become someone else? The mimic octopus can. In less time than it takes to say “alter ego,” this curious cephalopod can become a venomous lion fish. Or a sea snake. Or a jelly.

“It will mimic these other animals when it’s threatened,” says Aquarist Chris Payne. “To become a snake, for instance, it will display black-and-white bands, extend two arms lengthwise and bury the other arms in the sand.”

In another favorite trick, it outspreads all its tentacles like a big prickly ball, to resemble the spines on a lion fish. Or it expands its mantle to look like a giant jelly. It all says one thing to a potential predator: Stay clear!

We’re one of the few aquariums to display this fascinating species (Thaumoctopus mimicus), which was only discovered in 1998, says Chris. Ours came from Japan, and is almost two feet from tip to tip. Its native habitat is sandy estuaries in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Watch the mimic octopus become four different animals


Our aquarists can get pretty wrapped up in their work! Share YOUR love of cephalopods on Instagram or Twitter and you could win one of eight packs of eight tickets to the Aquarium! #MBATentaclesLearn more 

Our aquarists can get pretty wrapped up in their work! Share YOUR love of cephalopods on Instagram or Twitter and you could win one of eight packs of eight tickets to the Aquarium! #MBATentacles

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Where do you find inspiration? First as a volunteer and now as an assistant aquarist, Michelle Stamme loves working with our eight-armed animals—and painting them!

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And that’s how they roll! Some cephalopods lumber along the seafloor, while others use jet propulsion. These cool creatures are part of our Tentacles exhibit.

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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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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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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.

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