Behold the psychedelic cephalopod! Scientists suspect the ever-shifting colors of the flamboyant cuttlefish help trick potential predators into thinking this creature is just too weird to eat. Most other cuttlefish dart away when threatened, but this regal rhino remains stationary, warding off foes by flashing its hypnotic color scheme. See its dazzling display for yourself in our Tentacles special exhibition.
Whoa, baby! One of our baby giant sea bass has just graduated to a bigger exhibit. This fish started out just under an inch long but now stretches more than a foot—well on its way to the gargantuan proportions of a fully grown 500-pound adult. Check it out in its new home on the second floor of our Kelp Forest exhibit.
Can you spot the common cuttlefish? At just eight months old, this cephalopod is still a little shy. It camouflages itself in the sand and changes color to match its surroundings. It'll get bolder as it gets older, but for now, you can enjoy the challenge of finding all 10 of our new common cuttlefish in the Tentacles special exhibition.
Welcome back, love birds! After six months solo at sea, the pigeon guillemots have returned to the bay for breeding season. Listen for them on our back decks—they're calling out to find their former mates with loud chirps.
Our shorebirds have long legs and long lives. Several shorebirds in our Aviary have lived three times longer than the typical life expectancy of their wild counterparts! They do so well in part because our dedicated aviculture staff take special care of their legs and feet, which are typically trouble areas for exhibit birds.
Time for a penguin bird-day party! We recently celebrated Durban—the oldest member of our African penguin colony, who just turned 25. The average lifespan of an African penguin in the wild is only 15 to 20 years. As you can see, our incredible aviculture staff provide the very best care for our animals!
It's a new day! We recently added a new day octopus to our Tentacles special exhibition. This animal is native to the warm waters of the Indo-Pacific and is sometimes known as the Hawaiian day octopus for its tendency to be found around the Hawaiian islands. Unlike many cephalopods, the day octopus is diurnal, meaning that it is most active during daylight hours.
Did someone say slumber party? These striped pyjama squid hatchlings (Sepioloidea lineolata) are growing up in the egg lab in our Tentacles special exhibition. Native to waters around Australia, pyjama squid can grow to about two inches long. They like to burrow in the sand with only their eyes peeking out to spot potential predators and prey, enjoying an all-day bedtime and emerging at night to hunt.