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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 30, 2014

They grow up so quickly! Born and raised in our Tentacles egg lab and behind the scenes, our adult Hawaiian bobtail squid have just moved into their own exhibit. These brightly spotted beauties bury themselves in sand during the day and emerge at night with a sandy shroud to hunt.

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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.