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True Facts About the Octopus

Ze Frank has done it again! His latest True Facts video offers his unique take on amazing octopuses — including giant Pacific octopus that he and his crew filmed on location here at the Aquarium. The video incorporates spectacular deep-sea octopus footage from our colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, too.

Whet your appetite for more? You can see these incredible animals in person starting April 12 when we open Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.

Learn more about our new Tentacles special exhibition.

There’s no way that octopus can get out of its enclosure! Or IS there? Get a glimpse into the life of an octopus wrangler in this new video highlighting our forthcoming “Tentacles” special exhibition.

The female giant Pacific octopus has laid eggs! Look for a cluster attached to rocks in the top left corner of the right-hand exhibit. A female lays tens of thousands of eggs, in strands of about 250. 
It’s unlikely that these particular eggs are fertile or will produce baby octopuses, however. The urge to lay eggs comes just once, and usually marks the end of the octopus’s life. It’s all part of the natural cycle for these magical and intelligent animals.
Learn more about the giant Pacific octopus. 
©Charlene Boarts

The female giant Pacific octopus has laid eggs! Look for a cluster attached to rocks in the top left corner of the right-hand exhibit. A female lays tens of thousands of eggs, in strands of about 250. 

It’s unlikely that these particular eggs are fertile or will produce baby octopuses, however. The urge to lay eggs comes just once, and usually marks the end of the octopus’s life. It’s all part of the natural cycle for these magical and intelligent animals.

Learn more about the giant Pacific octopus

©Charlene Boarts

Spooky Spirit

Aquarium staff members created some fun (and slightly spooky) jack o’lanterns for our Halloween member night – everything from an octopus to a smack of jellies, from a glow-in-the-dark anglerfish to a friendly penguin, a whale, a sea turtle – even Ariel & Flounder from Little Mermaid. Special thanks to Allen Protasio, Derek Hunziker, Andrea McCann, Renee Chaney, Caitlin Bonura and Sharon Coggin whose creations are featured here.

Send an Aquarium Halloween e-card.

Download and print an ocean-themed pumpkin carving template.

See some of the imaginative costumes our guests created for this year’s Halloween party.

Happy #Monday! Are you ready to embrace the week like this red octopus? Thanks to volunteer Bob Coble for the great shot!
Learn more about “Tentacles” our special exhibition opening this spring.

Happy #Monday! Are you ready to embrace the week like this red octopus? Thanks to volunteer Bob Coble for the great shot!

Learn more about “Tentacles” our special exhibition opening this spring.

Hey, where’d he go? Can you find the octopus in the second shot? We’re working behind the scenes with the algae octopus (and many other species) in preparation for “Tentacles,” our special exhibition opening next spring.

Learn more.

We’ve only got arms for you! A giant Pacific octopus is agile and smart, armed with eight sinuous tentacles that are studded with suction cups. Thanks to Charlene Boarts for this beautiful photo! 
Learn more about “Tentacles” our special exhibition opening this spring.

We’ve only got arms for you! A giant Pacific octopus is agile and smart, armed with eight sinuous tentacles that are studded with suction cups. Thanks to Charlene Boarts for this beautiful photo! 

Learn more about “Tentacles” our special exhibition opening this spring.

The giant Pacific octopus: male or female? That’s a question we’re often asked. If you’re facing our exhibit currently, the one on the left is male, the one on the right is female. Right now, they’re hard to tell apart. But on occasion, a female will lay thousands of eggs, which look like small clusters of grapes, on the exhibit glass. Then you’ll know for sure!
Learn more.

The giant Pacific octopus: male or female? That’s a question we’re often asked. If you’re facing our exhibit currently, the one on the left is male, the one on the right is female. Right now, they’re hard to tell apart. But on occasion, a female will lay thousands of eggs, which look like small clusters of grapes, on the exhibit glass. Then you’ll know for sure!

Learn more.

Brainy? Beautiful? What words would you use to describe the giant Pacific octopus? Thanks to ©Charlene Boarts for this great photo of a current resident!
Learn more about the giant Pacific octopus.

Brainy? Beautiful? What words would you use to describe the giant Pacific octopus? Thanks to ©Charlene Boarts for this great photo of a current resident!

Learn more about the giant Pacific octopus.

No bones about it: How the giant Pacific octopus can flex its muscles to go from squishy to rock-solid. Check out our latest podcast!

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