Behold the flapjack octopus! This deep-sea species is rarely observed, but you can see it now in our new Tentacles special exhibition! 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. It was collected by our sister organization, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and is just one of the dozen fascinating species of octopuses and kin we have on exhibit.
Coming in like a lion(fish)! March is supposed to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb as stormy winter weather gives way to a milder spring. Now April is coming in like a lion, too—with the latest addition to our Splash Zone galleries. The new arrival—the captivating and beautiful lionfish—isn’t just another pretty face. It’s an infamous fish that carries an important conservation message.
Not only does the "electric flame" or "disco" scallop have cool names, it's also quite striking! This clam generates light by unfurling its reflective mantle. Scientists believe this is to lure prey, or perhaps serve as a warning to predators.