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The Tentacles exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The new Tentacles exhibit
The new Tentacles exhibit
Noel Morata Photography

The new Tentacles exhibit has finally opened at the Monterey Bay Aquarium – a new exhibit of never seen before collections of squids, octopus and cuttlefish, making up this family of sea life called Cephalopods. This project of creating an exhibit of Cephalopods was two years of extensive planning and developing a breeding program at the research center. Because of the short lifespan of these Cephalopods (most living an average 6 months) and the complexities of maintaining this special exhibit, it has been a difficult venture, but something that the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium enthusiastically creates.

The new exhibit introduces Cephalopods that have never been seen in public and premiering in this show. It is filled with wow factor introducing animated creatures like the colorful red octopus called flapjacks which are found in the deepest areas of the ocean floor in Monterey Bay. Red lights illuminate the dim curved tank to mimic their dark environments and the flapjacks float around like bizarre strange ghost-like caricatures. Even more reclusive are the little amazing octopus genera called the flamboyant octopus getting their name from their colorful rainbow accents as they bump around and float in comical and random bumper car like motions. The entire exhibit is well curated and filled with interactive exhibits and child friendly signage and educational tools. There are many cool interactive displays, innovative holographic visual centers and many other educational tools that share the Cephalopod's story and marine environment.

The aquarium also hosts popular on-going exhibits including the Jellies exhibit, Deep Sea Exhibit and the permanent collection including a very popular children’s marine petting zone. There is so much to see at the aquarium that you can easily spend an entire day enjoying the exhibits, special events and even take a behind the scenes tour of the facilities to see how everything operates from the back end.

Here are some things to know before you go:

Most hotels offer two day passes for the price of one day; just inquire with your hotel about this pass

There is a café and a fine dining restaurant located in the aquarium with wonderful views of Monterey Bay.

The Aquarium is located on Cannery Row and is open daily. Check the website below for hours and more information.

For updated information, calendars and tours of the aquarium, visit their official website here.

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