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July 23, 2014

Did you know that the guitarfish has been playing it flat for 100 million years? We now have three making beautiful music together in our Aviary. It gets its name from a long, pointed snout and guitar-shaped body. It lies in ambush with its eyes sticking out of the sand, waiting for careless crabs to wander by.

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July 8, 2014

Ever wish you could become someone else? The mimic octopus can. In less time than it takes to say "alter ego," this curious cephalopod can become a venomous lion fish, a sea snake or a jelly. We recently added one to our Tentacles special exhibition—we hope you get to see this shape-shifter yourself!

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June 12, 2014

Home is where the shell is! The veined or "coconut" octopus will pick up virtually anything at its disposal, such as cans, bottles, shells and even coconuts, to make a home on the road. Our curator of husbandry operations, Paul Clarkson, collected this curious cephalopod on a recent trip to the Philippines, and it's now playing house in Tentacles.

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June 1, 2014

And Kit makes four! She joins Abby, Gidget and Ivy in our lively sea otter exhibit. In 2010 Kit became the youngest sea otter pup ever to go on exhibit at the Aquarium—she was just 11 weeks old! Now a surrogate mother, Kit mentors pups behind the scenes. 

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May 24, 2014

How fantastic! Our flower hat jellies are back on exhibit in The Jellies Experience. This rare jelly has brilliant tentacles trailing from a translucent, pinstriped bell. It also has tentacles around the rim of its bell that it can quickly coil and uncoil.