March 1, 2015 4 Comments
We just got back from a visit to California, and tremendously enjoyed seeing the new Tentacles Exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The exhibit features animals in the cephalopod family, including octopus, cuttlefish, squid, and nautilus. They are masters of disguise and quick color change artists – it has to be seen to be believed!(http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/how-octopuses-and-squids-change-color)
Octopus are known for their intelligence (https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/), and are said to be as smart as cats. Each one has its own unique personality. Octopus recognize and greet their favorite people (and sometimes they deliberately squirt people they do not like). A link to one of my favorite pictures posted last year by the aquarium is at: http://montereybayaquarium.tumblr.com/post/17955182992/why-were-so-attached-to-the-giant-pacific
A few years ago one of the night watchmen at the Monterey Bay Aquarium saw an octopus crawling on the floor. Apparently at night it would leave its tank and travel to other tanks for a midnight snack! That solved the mystery of the missing fish. More info about the Giant Pacific Octopus is at: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/octopus-and-kin/giant-pacific-octopus
The Tentacles Exhibit is the best! More info about these amazing animals is at: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/exhibits/tentacles As usual, click on any of the pictures in the post to enlarge and get more detailed information.