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Have you had a chance to visit our Tentacles special exhibition yet? If not, this video tour might convince you!

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Beautiful, mysterious—and little changed in 150-million years. Have you seen them? We have chambered nautilus in our new special exhibition, Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefishes.

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What’s it take to wrap the Aquarium with giant #Tentacles? Here’s all you need to know, in 45 seconds.

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Let the magic begin! Our Tentacles special exhibition is now open. Hope you get a chance to visit!Learn more about the exhibitLearn more about the flamboyant cuttlefish(Michael Fiala/Reuters)

Let the magic begin! Our Tentacles special exhibition is now open. Hope you get a chance to visit!

Learn more about the exhibit

Learn more about the flamboyant cuttlefish

(Michael Fiala/Reuters)

Behold the Flapjack Octopus!

Does this octopus look familiar? The “flapjack octopus” is a rarely observed, deep-sea species, but you may know it better as the inspiration for the animated character Pearl in Finding Nemo. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and it’s on exhibit now in our Tentacles special exhibition, which opened this morning for members, and tomorrow (April 12) for the general public!

These images show the flapjack octopus (Opisthoteuthis sp.in the wild, and in on exhibit. We use a red light to display this species. Since the octopus can’t see red light, it thinks it’s in the darkness of the deep sea, its natural environment.

Very little is known about the life history of these animals. They’re one of the cirrate octopuses – a tiny group within the overall family. We may yet discover more species in this group—with the help of MBARI. They’re helping us learn about many deep-sea species, through video observation and occasionally collecting individuals. One of the flapjack octopuses even laid eggs in our behind-the-scenes holding area. That first batch didn’t mature, but we’ll try again if any other individuals reproduce.

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Help! They appear to be growing. 
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Help! They appear to be growing. 

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Can you find the cuttlefish? Come make your own discoveries this weekend at the Aquarium—we’ll have longer hours April 12-27 in honor of spring break (and our new exhibit): 9:30 am to 6 pm (9 am on weekends for members).Learn more

Can you find the cuttlefish? Come make your own discoveries this weekend at the Aquarium—we’ll have longer hours April 12-27 in honor of spring break (and our new exhibit): 9:30 am to 6 pm (9 am on weekends for members).

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Just two days left! Enter our “It’s Time for Tentacles!” sweepstakes and you could win an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our new special exhibition (opens Saturday). Enter once per day! Enter now

Just two days left! Enter our “It’s Time for Tentacles!” sweepstakes and you could win an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of our new special exhibition (opens Saturday). Enter once per day!

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Whoa, strange things are happening at the Aquarium, in anticipation of our forthcoming special exhibition, Tentacles. Opens Saturday! http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/tentacles

Whoa, strange things are happening at the Aquarium, in anticipation of our forthcoming special exhibition, Tentacles.

Opens Saturday!

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/tentacles

KQED Science previews our forthcoming Tentacles special exhibition, celebrating cephalopods—“the suction-cupped, parrot-beaked, skin-changing group that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish.” Check it out!  

KQED Science previews our forthcoming Tentacles special exhibition, celebrating cephalopods—“the suction-cupped, parrot-beaked, skin-changing group that includes octopuses, squid and cuttlefish.”

Check it out!

 

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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.

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