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!
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.
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.