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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.
Join us in celebrating the 186th birthday of Jules Verne. Considered one of the fathers of science fiction, he’s best known for his novels Around the World in Eighty Days (1873), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and our favorite, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870).
Readers in Verne’s day loved his vivid portrayals of adventurers Phileas Fogg, Otto Lidenbrock and Captain Nemo, as well as his fantastical inventions — including a powered submarine and deep-sea exploration — some of which are now part of our modern world.
Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea inspired many ocean explorers, including William Beebe, Sir Ernest Shackleton and Robert Ballard. Jacques Cousteau called it his “shipboard bible.”
Verne’s stories are still widely appreciated today, nearly 150 years after they were first published. He is the second-most translated author in the world, between Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare.
We tip our hat to Verne and the giant octopus from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea when ”Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes" opens April 12.
The special exhibition includes the most diverse living collection of these cool creatures ever, plus art, literature and contemporary cultural artifacts showing how they have captured our imagination for over 4,000 years. We feature the illustration above from as well as an early edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
While we all have to wait a little to see “Tentacles,” we don’t have to wait to journey 20,000 leagues under the sea, courtesy of this Google Doodle from 2011 in honor of Verne’s birthday. Dive in!
These (eight) arms are for hugging! We’d love to know: how would you handle an octopus embrace?
Has this bobtail squid mastered the invisibility cloak? At night it uses symbiotic bacteria to hide its silhouette. It’s just one more species we’re investigating for “Tentacles,” the special exhibition opening next spring that focuses on octopuses, cuttlefish and their kin. Our aquarists are really flexing their creative muscles in preparation for the big show!
Wow! One of the red octopuses in our Kelp Zone gallery is laying eggs! It’s unlikely that these particular eggs are fertile or will produce baby octopuses, but it’s a great event nonetheless.
(Thanks Steve Johnston for the video!)